On behalf of the families who will move into their new Habitat homes this month, we send a heartfelt thank you for the overwhelming response to our calls for support throughout December. So many of you  generously shared your hard earned money and carved out hours in your hectic holiday schedules to help Habitat in the final push to complete 20 homes by the end of the year.

Thanks to your support, we are able to invite you to help us kick-off the New Year by celebrating the completion of the largest Habitat community in Oregon—Jubilee Commons in Gresham.

2010 was a year of great need as we experienced a 100 percent increase in the number of qualified families coming to us for help. In fact, in November, we received over 120 applications in our quest to select homeowners for the next 23 homes that we will build. While it is very difficult to decline qualified applicants, we simply try to focus on the 23 that received the call to start working on their 500 hours of sweat equity toward their new home.

With help from people like you, we believe that soon we will be able to help many more deserving families each year. We look to the year ahead knowing that although the need in Oregon is great, so is our belief that all Oregonians deserve to have a safe place to call home and above all, hope.

We wish you a joy filled year ahead and thank you for your generosity that will continue to bless families for many years to come.

Please join us at our Jubilee Commons Celebration on Saturday, January 22. Click here for event details.