The Ivory Family

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The Ivory Family

Greg Ivory’s past has been bumpier than he would have ever imagined. As one of seven children, he moved to Portland from Cleveland with his mother because of health concerns when he was 13. He attended Grant and Roosevelt High schools and eventually had two sons of his own, who are now grown.

Greg has never been able to afford his own home and has always lived in apartments and transitional housing. He has struggled with substance abuse, health issues and is also a cancer survivor. Being clean for over three years, Greg is working hard to repair the damage in is life. He currently lives in a sober living environment in downtown Portland and is working to reestablish his credit history. He has started his own business, G I Trucking Co., to provide a stable income for himself and provide a service to his community.

Greg found out about Habitat for Humanity from a flyer and figured that it was a great opportunity for him to finally buy a home of his own.

“Getting connected with Habitat has given me an opportunity to give back instead of taking all the time,” said Greg. “If you give people the help they need, they are then able to give back.”

Greg is currently working towards his 500 hours of sweat equity by volunteering at the Habitat office and the Portland ReStore. Jubilee Commons and Gresham will be a better fit for Greg than the crowded and noisy city streets of downtown. He is looking forward to building equity in his own future and having a place to call home where photos of his family can hang on the walls.

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