When scurried footsteps race down the hall, it can only mean one thing – Sharon Weijo is on the case! Serving as Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s office manager for nine years, Sharon is a pintsized force to be reckoned with. When there is a problem, no matter what the issue, she is your go-to woman to get it solved. But Sharon is so much more than a task master; her vibrant personality fills the entire organization with positive, nurturing energy – a void surely felt when she is gone.
On September 15, Habitat will have to say goodbye to our office hero, as Sharon retires and begins a new adventure.
“We will miss all that Sharon has brought to Habitat,” said Tim Koski, VP of Finance at Habitat. “We will miss her drive and commitment to do well in whatever task she undertakes. We will miss her unending willingness to contribute, wherever help is needed. And most of all, we will miss the level of caring and concern that she shows for the staff: she treats us as if we are members of her family.”
Sharon is known for quite a few wonderful traits, including: wearing festive shirts for every holiday occasion, stashing delicious snacks to share with all, and the amazing ability to keep an organization of 40 plus people on task with her strong, yet playful demeanor.
“From the office in NE Portland, to three ReStores and all constructions sites, the Habitat staff is scattered throughout the metro area,” said Erika Kennel, VP of Resources at Habitat. “It is largely thanks to Sharon’s generous spirit of hospitality that our team feels such a strong connection to one another. The care and commitment she brought to her work, every day for the past nine years, fostered a feeling of belonging that is so needed as an organization grows.”
“90% of the time when I ask for Sharon’s help with something, she’s already taken care of it,” said Steve Messinetti, President and CEO at Habitat. “I think we will all miss Sharon’s hospitality. It was just her nature to go above and beyond in taking care of those around her.”
Sharon’s departure is bitter sweet, as Habitat will simply not be the same without her. But we are certain her retirement will be filled with lots of travel and quality time with her husband, Rick and granddaughter, Elsie — and perhaps some volunteer work with Habitat. We can’t let her go that easy!
Thank you, Sharon. For everything.