Women come together for Women’s Build 2020

FOREST GROVE, OR (March 11th 2020) — Last Saturday, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s International Women Build Week, the local affiliate gathered thirty women to participate in the Women’s Build 2020 event. Bundled in coats and gloves we learned from our volunteer construction team to safely operate power tools such as a chop saw and nail gun. Then we built a new fence on the property of single Forest Grove woman, Margret.

Richard Kidd, previous mayor and dedicated volunteer with West Tuality Habitat led the tool and safety workshop in which he taught about safety precautions and instructed how to use a chop saw, nail gun, utility knife and more. Several of the women already have these tools at home and said “Now that I know how, I’ll have to get busy using them!”

After removing yard debris and old boards from the previous fence the team got to work on building the new fence. Cement from old fence posts had to be dug up and new cement poured and new posts leveled and installed. The women were taught to install brackets, trim boards and then nail them in to create the new fence. With so many hands working together we were able to complete the fence in a few hours.

We were honored to be joined by Mrs. Washington County, Selena Griffith. She fundraised for the event and helped spread the word to raise awareness for the many housing issues facing women and their families. Then she donned her toolbelt and worked side by side with us to learn and build.

Habitat for Humanity’s International Women Build week is sponsored by Lowe’s for the purpose of empowering women. We came together learned new skills, and made new friends all while serving our community.

Pacific University students volunteer

JANUARY 15th 2020- PRESS RELEASE

Pacific University students volunteer with West Tuality Habitat for Humanity

Students assist in repair projects as well as ReStore improvements.

By Chara Askew (Jan 15th 2020) — Over the next two weeks 24 students from Pacific University are volunteering their time and energy for West Tuality Habitat for Humanity in our work to build homes, communities, and hope. They are working with our organization as part of their ‘Action on Affordable Housing’ course.

The students are helping with a variety of projects with the West Tuality Habitat affiliate. In the Forest Grove Restore, students are assisting staff to prepare the Restore for renovations by clearing out storage and work areas. On repair sites, students are working on critical repairs for a disabled, senior homeowner in Cornelius. They are clearing debris causing rot and safety issues as well as repairing a leak and rotting subfloor. At the Kidd Court construction site, students are sanding drywall and priming the walls in our new Habitat homes.

After their participation this week, we are excited to continue working with them on the 21st and 23rd of this month. The experience these young people have will teach them valuable hand skills and encourage them to continue to be involved in the cause of affordable housing.

Volunteers like these students are vital to the work we do to build and repair homes, provide financial education and affordable mortgages for Habitat homeowners, and accomplish our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity Partners with the North Plains Police Department for an A Brush With Kindness Project

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity Partners with North Plains Police Dept. for an A Brush with Kindness Project

North Plains (Aug. 28, 2019) – West Tuality Habitat for Humanity was out in North Plains the morning of August 28. Joined by Chief Jesse Baker and Chief Jim Wheaton,  a  small team of repair volunteers worked on a fence repair for a resident of the community. Over the past three months, West Tuality Habitat’s Projects Coordinator, Laura Altermatt, has been working closely with Chief Baker and the North Plains Police Department to coordinate with the homeowner and her neighbors so the repair could be done. West Tuality Habitat is excited to be working in North Plains and building a strong relationship with the community as they prepare for the upcoming North Plains Repair Blitz on September 28th, 2019.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Their shared vision with Habitat for Humanity International is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They work in western Washington County with low-income individuals and families, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors through the affordable homeownership and home preservation programs.

A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) projects—like the one completed today—are a part of West Tuality Habitat’s Home Preservation Program. Through the Home Preservation Program, West Tuality Habitat provides assistance to individuals and families in western Washington County communities who own their homes. Critical Repairs include building accessibility ramps, installing grab bars, remodeling, repairing roofs and gutters, and more. ABWK projects include exterior home painting, yard work, and fence repairs. If you know of anyone in need of repairs contact West Tuality Habitat at 503-359-8459, or our Projects Coordinator at projects@westtualityhabitat.org.

 

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity Home Preservation Program to Revitalize Gaston Community

We build homes, communities, and hope: Home Preservation project focuses on making homes safer and more secure.

GASTON ​( July 27, 2019) -West Tuality Habitat for Humanity is headed to Gaston, OR, on July 27th, with approximately 15 volunteers to complete A Brush With Kindness projects on two homes in the community. The volunteers will be meeting at Wapato Valley Church–who have agreed to let the volunteers convene in their parking in order to go over the projects for the day before splitting into two work groups to work on exterior weatherization.

This event is open to families with children as young as 5 for a day of house-painting and yard work. West Tuality Habitat is excited to be a part of the Disney Family Volunteering Rewards Program, through which they will be able to offer up to 20 Disney 1-Day Park Hopper Passes for raffle to the families volunteering on this and other repair projects this Summer.

West Tuality Habitat serves western Washington County through its new construction and home preservation programs and is excited to be hosting this Repair Blitz in Gaston. This program seeks to serve the low income, veteran, senior, and disabled populations to ensure families are able to stay in their homes for longer by making them safe and more secure.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity launches its first Women Build!

PRESS RELEASE

July 1, 2019

On Saturday, June 29th, 29 women and five men came together to work at West Tuality Habitat’s Kidd Court development and on two repair projects in Verboort and Cornelius. This group was the participants of West Tuality Habitat’s first annual Women Build event. Through this event, the group not only made a powerful impact all over their community, but also had the opportunity to learn about tools and construction. Some participants were trying something completely new while other participants were able to add new skills to the existing tool belt. No matter the skill level they started at, the group left with experience on construction and repair sites and new relationships with their fellow community members.

Women Build is a program under Habitat for Humanity International that aims to include more women in the male-dominated field of construction. Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country host Women Build events in a variety of ways year-round. Women Build is about including women—not excluding men. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the event, but its focus is on providing an empowering environment where women can learn, build, and lead together.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2019 included 29 women and five men working on three sites in Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Verboort where they painted two homes and installed siding on two exterior walls of a Habitat house. Before we began work in the morning all of the Women Build participants met at Kidd Court to do a mini-clinic where they learned about, and used, various tools used on our construction and repair sites. This clinic was led by some of West Tuality Habitat’s regular volunteer crew.

The event was sponsored by John L. Scott Forest Grove Market Center. Nine of the participants Saturday came on the John L. Scott team, and they worked alongside some of West Tuality Habitat for Humanity’s regular construction volunteers installing siding on houses #15 and #16 at Kidd Court in Forest Grove.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity receives a grant from the Robert H. and Elizabeth C. Noyes, Jr. Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

PRESS RELEASE

June 20, 2019

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Robert H. and Elizabeth C. Noyes, Jr. Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to add a development coordinator to expand and diversify revenues for volunteer-centered construction and repair of affordable homes.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Their shared vision with Habitat for Humanity is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They work in western Washington County with low-income individuals and families, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior through the affordable homeownership and home preservation programs.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships support Oregonians annually. For nearly 45 years, OCF grant making, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians.

Impactful giving – time, talent and resources from many generous Oregonians – creates measurable change.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation’s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Portland Office, located at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503.227.6846. You can also visit www.oregoncf.org

Clive Rainey, Habitat for Humanitys ” First Volunteer” Keynote Speaker at Dream Builder Breakfast event

 

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity hosted it’s 1st Dream Builders Breakfast on October 1, 2018 at Prime Time Restaurant in Forest Grove, Oregon. The event in its first year, brought together community members and sponsors to raise funds and awareness for West Tuality Habitat’s home building program in the Forest Grove area. The event was sponsored by Heritage Bank.

Keynote speaker Clive Rainey, who is widely known and acknowledged as Habitat for Humanity’s first volunteer brought a message of community and faith to the group as he related his over 40 years of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the United States and in many international locations. Clive’s message was one of helping others achieve safe and affordable housing, and the role that all volunteers and people can play in that process.

Master of Ceremonies Rudy Tinoco introduced Sonja Katura, who is one of West Tuality Habitat’s current partner families, and she related the positive impact that being a partner family has had on her and her son, as they are currently working on her home in the new Kidd Court subdivision located on 22nd Place in Forest Grove. Minda VanDomlen also offered her experiences as a ReStore employee, and her recent Habitat home presentation, the last house built in the Cooper Corner project on 19th Avenue in Forest Grove.

Funds raised at this breakfast event will go towards the current home building project. Donations can also be made at the West Tuality Habitat website at www.westtualityhabitat.org. You can also follow the activities of West Tuality at the Facebook page, West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in the Forest Grove area since 1996 and is currently building it’s 14th home in the new Kidd Court subdivision in Forest Grove. West Tuality Habitat also operates the Forest Grove Habitat ReStore located at 3731 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove. The ReStore in it’s 10th year of operation receives donations of reusable and resalable furniture, appliances, home good, building supplies and materials and resells them to the public at under retail pricing, with funds raised going to support the operations of West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

Join us for a Home Repair Event on September 15th – We need your help !!

Join us for a day of volunteering and fellowship on Saturday, September 15 as we come together again to work on homes of community members who need help with exterior repairs – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

 

We will fix fences, trim bushes, clean up yard debris and more, at locations in Forest Grove, Gaston and Cornelius. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To confirm participation and locations, e-mail: volunteer@westtualityhabitat.org or call: 503-359-8459.

 

Sponsored by West Tuality habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial Services, Laura Thompson-Aue agent.

 

West Tuality Habitat and Thrivent Financial Home Repair Event September 15th

Join us for a day of volunteering and fellowship on Saturday, September 15 as we come together again to work on homes of community members who need help with exterior repairs – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

 

We will fix fences, trim bushes, clean up yard debris and more, at locations in Forest Grove, Gaston and Cornelius. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To confirm participation and locations, e-mail: volunteer@westtualityhabitat.org or call: 503-359-8459.

 

Sponsored by West Tuality habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial Services, Laura Thompson-Aue agent.