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Message from our new Executive Director, Mary Stern! It’s hard to believe that three months have gone by since I took the helm at MacHabitat.  It has truly been a whirlwind!  So much has happened in only a short amount of time.  I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization, that has been building homes, community, and hope for 25 years. Shortly after I started, Traci Spurgeon and her three beautiful children moved into their new home at the Aspire development.  And by the end of the year, this wonderful family should have new neighbors in two adjacent homes.  Seeing the joy on the faces of our partner families has convinced me that I am doing the work I was meant to do.  It’s why our volunteers, donors, and business par

September 30, 2016 | By  | News

Lessons of success from the Bend ReStore At MacHabitat we never stop learning! We attend quarterly networking meetings and our annual, statewide conference. We also try to get to the international conference in Georgia that happens every two years as well. Closer to home, we also take field trips, and such was the case this past August. Six staff members visited the Bend ReStore to learn the details of their successful operation, and we learned a lot. One of the challenges facing any ReStore is processing what often seems a torrent of donations. Don’t get me wrong; we always want more. But it can be a little overwhelming when there is a line of cars, trucks, and trailers, bristling with everything from a refrigerator to a se

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Such a Fine Fellow! Meet Sam Fields Sam Fields is the newest member of our MacHabitat team. Sam comes to us as an Encore Fellow a program that matches newly retired professionals interested in community service with non-profit organizations for a 1,000 hour assignment. The Encore Fellow’s goal is to build capacity of the host agency by using professional skills. Sam will be using his vast experience with Lean Concepts and project management to help us streamline and improve the processes used at the ReStore in receiving and selling donated goods. Sam is a resident of Dayton. He proudly served twenty years in the United States Navy Submarine Service. He spent most of his time serving the country stationed on the East Coast

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Disaster relief volunteers learn new skills to help their neighbors Volunteers with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led non-profit disaster relief organization, conducted a "Readiness Exercise" September 16th- 18th in McMinnville at MacHabitat's Aspire Development. The goal of the drill was to increase their ability to help homeowners impacted by events such as floods, wind storms and wildfires. This event was conducted like a disaster response operation, without the disaster, so that the volunteers could learn to be efficient and effective in helping impacted communities when a disaster does strike. The hands-on work centered around construction at our Aspire development. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans and first responders to

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Traci Spurgeon’s Home Dedication Report Traci Spurgeon and her three children were living in substandard housing when she began her relationship with MacHabitat. Traci applied to our Homeownership Program in January 2015 and was accepted into our program in April 2015. Over the following 15 months, Traci, along with her friends and family, completed over 300 hours of sweat equity, by attending homeowner classes, working on her house, working in the ReStore, volunteering at events, and helping build her neighbors’ houses. On July 15, Traci signed her mortgage documents.   The preparation and dedication of a new home is not only a testament to the hard work of the volunteers who built the house, but also to the generosi

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