Habitat would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors and volunteers for their support and hard work in 2012. So many of you generously shared your time and hard earned money to help Habitat build simple, healthy, affordable homes for hardworking families in our community.
As this new year begins, Habitat is celebrating its completion of A World of Hope: It Starts at Home. This $12 million fundraising campaign, launched a little more than 12 months ago, had the bold goal of buying land to support our next five years of building and increasing our homebuilding by 50%. These were huge ambitions, but our community stepped up. Habitat received some of the largest gifts in our history and more individual gifts than ever before. Even in the midst of “The Great Recession,” supporters gave what they could, some making sacrifices to give more than in years prior. Habitat is so grateful for the many contributors that made A World of Hope: It Starts at Home a success.
Habitat put these funds right to work, purchasing land in our neighborhoods that have the greatest need for homeownership, creating stability that will have a ripple effect on the whole community. Because of A World of Hope: It Starts at Home fundraising campaign, we now have land in place to build homes for 150 local families. But our work is not done. The need for affordable housing is greater than ever before. Hundreds of kids in our community are still forced to sleep in substandard, overcrowded housing, as it is all their parents can afford. Hundreds of local kids are still moving from school to school, as their parents chase affordable rent. We must continue mobilizing our community to address the housing crisis in the Portland area. We invite everyone to join Habitat as we work towards building the 150 homes on the purchased land, and create a city that is a great place for all our neighbors.
We wish you a joy filled year ahead and thank you again for your generosity that will continue to bless families for years to come!
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s Summer Block Party was a great success!
On July 18, future Habitat homeowners, volunteers, staff, neighbors and community members celebrated the launch and construction progress on the first phase of 45 homes at our SE 171st and Division Street neighborhood! Party patrons rocked out to live music from local group Suburban Legend and munched on delicious BBQ provided by NW Natural.
The event kicked off with Portland Commissioner Nick Fish addressing the crowd, sharing the need for affordable homeownership in the Portland area and how Habitat is part of the solution to the housing crisis.
Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors Chair Liz Crossman traveled from her home in southern Oregon to spend the day swinging a hammer and building alongside other Habitat partners, as well as speaking about Habitat’s program and how it impacts our community. The party wrapped up just as the sun began to set, the first of many celebrations for Habitat’s new community!
Glenn Waller was a man who valued giving back to the community. So it made sense that he left his daughter, Mary Waller Bullard, and two sons individual charitable trust accounts when he passed away, wanting his children to have the opportunity to give back to the community, too. Mary thought hard about what she wanted to do with her account, determined to do something that represented her father’s values, instead of just writing a check to an organization.
“I wanted to do something that fully embodied what my dad stood for, that would honor his memory, something that I know he would be proud of,” said Mary. “I realized that a lot of what I have in my life was because of him, and I wanted to honor him, passing it along.
In 2005 Mary and her husband were in the market to buy their first home. However, the market was hot, making even fixers hard to afford. Glenn suggested they buy a fixer and in turn he would help them with the rehab, allowing his daughter and son in-law to experience the dream of homeownership. Mary, her husband and father spent six months rehabbing the house, with Glenn guiding and teaching them skills along the way. It turned out to be a good investment and a couple years later Mary and her husband decided to take the skills her father had taught them and rehab housing for investment purposes.
So when Mary received the trust, it made sense to reach out to Habitat and use the funds and her skills learned from her father to rehab a home for a local family in need.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the Mahmood family, who will be purchasing the home,” said Mary. “They are a really sweet family, and the children who are young adults are really eager. I admire them for their dedication to their parents.”
To Mary, home is a refuge, a place where you can relax, enjoy your family and friends and make memories. And thanks to her generosity and values instilled by her father, now another family will have the chance to own a safe and healthy home.
“I hope the Mahmood’s feel welcomed by the community, and that it will provide long-term stability and really feel like home.”
It takes a special kind of person to make plans for the benefit of unknown people in the unknowable future, and the Habitat for Humanity Legacy Society was designed to recognize these forward-thinking friends. For more information on how you can leave a legacy with Habitat for Humanity contact Erika Read at 503.287.9529 x16.