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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 generosity of our community partners, like Washington Roofing, who has provided free roofs to every MacHabitat home for 25 years. In preparation for move-in day, volunteers made sure the new house was spotlessly clean, Morris Carpet Cleaning generously donated their services to clean the insides and outsides of the windows, and McMinnville Grocery Outlet filled the empty cabinets for with food, spices, toiletries, and necessities – a gift they provide our new homeowners. .

We celebrated and dedicated Traci’s home on July 16 in the presence of Traci’s three children, her partner, friends, family, coworkers, community members, and volunteers and staff of MacHabitat. Traci’s employer, Harvest Fresh, donated a delicious feast and volunteers from community groups, such as First Presbyterian Church and the American Needlepoint Guild, presented gifts of their craft including hand-made quilts for each of the children and a beautiful dated ornament.

Seeing the joy in the faces of this sweet family eminds us all of the power of our contributions! Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Traci’s dream of homeownership become a reality!

Photo Credit: Frank Pons

By |2016-09-30T08:26:47+00:00September 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Traci Spurgeon’s Home Dedication Report

Meet our September volunteer of the month, Kurt Holmgreen

Kurt Holmgreen started volunteering with MacHabitat in 2015; he was an out of the blue blessing He showed up in the office one day asking to volunteer and, after only one year with us, he is an integral part of our “regular crew”. When asked why he chose to volunteer with MacHabitat he said, “I have always believed in giving back to the community.” Kurt has lived a life in example of that, retiring after serving 34 years with his local fire department.

Kurt got involved with Habitat through his brother-in-law who is a regular Habitat volunteer in Sisters, Or.  When asked how volunteering at MacHabitat has impacted him, Kurt replied, “-It has broadened my perspective of different people coming together. I love to see different people sharing their skills and their backgrounds with one another.”

Kurt councels prospective volunteers interested in construction to, “Look at the end result of who the home is for. Don’t be concerned about not having the right skills because we all learn new skills every day we are out there. “

Besides volunteering with us, Kurt loves to camp and spend time with his family. He is also often found playing volleyball, basketball, and working with clay sculpture and watercolors. An art minor in college, Kurt is a visual person, something that can be seen at the construction site as he often makes small drawings before starting a project! When asked what super power he would choose if he could, Kurt thoughtfully said,” I would wish I could bring cohesion to groups. We are all too divided to really get to know one another. I would like to be able to have people get along and all learn to enjoy each other’s company.”

Thank you for your service, Kurt. We love having you as a volunteer!


By |2016-09-30T08:18:32+00:00September 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Meet our September volunteer of the month, Kurt Holmgreen

Now Hiring! Construction Manager

MacHabitat is looking for a Construction Manager to join our fabulous team of dedicated, caring staff, volunteers, and partner families. A complete job description may be found here.

By |2016-09-01T10:38:24+00:00September 1st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Now Hiring! Construction Manager

25 Years of Mac Habitat!

Starla Pointer of the News Register recently interviewed Bernie Turner who is one of our founders, Joanna Engle Interim Executive Director, Shannon Carefoot our Board President, Jaye Cromwell our Community Outreach Coordinator, and Irene Fox our most recent homeowner. Click here to read the article published in the June 28, 2016 issue of the News Register.

By |2016-07-21T15:43:25+00:00July 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on 25 Years of Mac Habitat!

Welcome Mary Stern!

We are so excited to announce that Mary Stern has joined our staff as the new Executive Director. Many of you remember Mary as our Yamhill County Commissioner from 2003 through 2014. After a two year stint in Salem, Mary is thrilled to be back contributing to her community. Read her introduction here.

Tom Henderson of the News Register assisted in sharing our wonderful news. Click here to read the article published in the June 21, 2016 issue of the News Register.

By |2016-07-21T15:41:32+00:00July 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Welcome Mary Stern!
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