Wow! What a morning! HopeBuilder 2010 was a great success. More than 1,000 people gathered this morning at the Oregon Convention Center and heard inspiring stories from families whose lives have been touched by Habitat’s mission.

We were able to raise more than $226,000 in donations and pledged commitments! This will go a long way in the coming months as we get underway on homes for families in north Portland and finish homes in southeast Portland and Gresham.

Every home Habitat builds makes all the difference in the world to a family. Permanent, stable housing means that more homeowners are paying into the local tax base and becoming rooted in our community. It means children will not be constantly changing schools every time the rent goes up, bringing stability into the classroom. It means that families and children will be healthier because they are not living in places with mold and faulty electricity. It means that Habitat is more than houses, it is a springboard for good health and lifelong learning.

Thank you to everyone who attended. You are a part of what makes Habitat more than houses. If you couldn’t make it, you can click this link and read the family stories shared at the event as well as my thoughts on what makes a livable city truly livable. You can also read and post comments about the event on Twitter at #hopebuilder. Please share this information along with ways to give to those who would still like to participate in our HopeBuilder Breakfast and join us in our mission.

Congratulations to everyone!

Steve Messinetti

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East