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  • Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home

    Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home

    Mislaydi’s new life after 5 years in her Habitat home Story by Kathy Oxborrow Cuban native, Mislaydi Garcia-Ollet, loves the connection she and her family share with her fellow Habitat homeowners in her neighborhood. Mislaydi lived in the same house in Cuba until the age of 12 when her family moved to the U.S. That […]
  • Bank of America Helps Habitat Build Better

    Bank of America Helps Habitat Build Better

    For over two decades, Bank of America has consistently been one of Habitat for Humanity’s biggest supporters. They have generously sponsored numerous homes for hardworking families in the Portland Metro area and continue to support Habitat’s mission of building decent, affordable houses for low-income residents. This year, Bank of America is sponsoring a home for […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Joni Portmann

    Volunteer Spotlight: Joni Portmann

    Joni Portmann is no stranger to paying it forward. After a fire raged through her family’s coastal dairy farm as a child, neighbors gathered every day to help them rebuild—even after working full days on their own farms. A year ago and on the brink of retirement from her 36-year-long career as a dental hygienist, […]
  • Portland Habitat Builds Homes in El Salvador

    Portland Habitat Builds Homes in El Salvador

    As a part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, Habitat staff, board members, and friends joined together for an unforgettable trip to El Salvador to build homes with local homeowners. Led by Construction Supervisor Rob Cunningham, the group spent two weeks in Guaymango, El Salvador building the foundation of a home with future homeowners […]
  • Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Named One of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits

    Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Named One of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits

    In January, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of Oregon’s most admired nonprofit organizations. In an award ceremony at the Portland Hilton Ballroom, more than 750 business leaders gathered together to honor companies and nonprofits alike, and Habitat took home one of the day’s most prestigious honors. […]
  • Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Just prior to the Christmas holiday weekend, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received word that US Senator Jeff Merkley would be stopping by. This year, Senator Merkley and his daughter Brynne challenged each other to complete an Ironman triathlon, and to raise money for local nonprofits in the process. They chose three organizations, including Habitat […]
  • The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays Story by Kathy Oxborrow Lluvia Merello was only three when her family moved to the United States from Peru. Escaping from domestic violence, Lluvia’s mother relocated her four children to California where Lluvia’s grandmother lived. “We camped in my grandmother’s backyard when we first arrived,” said Lluvia. […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Sarah McDonagh has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East since June of 2016. She first got involved with Habitat her Freshman year of college where she went on a service trip to work the with the Spokane affiliate. As a student at Portland State, she wanted to stay involved with Habitat and […]
  • A new beginning for a Portland mom

    A new beginning for a Portland mom

    Story by Kathy Oxborrow Being a single mother is one of the hardest jobs one can have, but Mel Lindsay in an exceptional case. In her life, Mel has adopted and raised three children with various degrees of developmental disabilities. Mel lived next door to the children and their grandparents for eight years. She spent […]
  • Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    The International School in Southwest Portland is teaching their kids about community service. Last month, Habitat AmeriCorps member Kelli Linton went to speak to the 72  3rd graders about the work that Habitat does in the Portland Metro area. The kids were very excited to learn about building homes and more importantly, helping families. They had […]

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