Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
49 NE 12th Street
Madras, Or 97741
(Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Founded in 1993
HOUSE #11 DEDICATION...On January 9, 2005, Habitat board and committee members gathered with Sam and Anne Raines, their six children, extended family, Habitat family partner-Pat Weiland, friends, neighbors, and residents for the dedication of their house located at 822 SW 2nd Street in Madras. The Rev Richard Burson of First Baptist Church offered prayer and led in a litany for shelter. Following the dedication, refreshments were served and house tours took place. Gifts to the family included a gift certificate from Desert Valley Nursery, 1000 sq ft of lawn sod from McPheeterís Turf, trash container from Philís Ace Hardware, scrapbook from family partner-Pat Weiland, guestbook, Bible and gift basket from the Habitat Board, a gift certificate from Alpha Omicron Soriety, and a sweat equity certificate from the Family Partnering Committee. Every good wish to the Raines Family!
HOUSE #12 UPDATE...Construction has begun on House #12 in Metolius. Dale and Becky chase are the homeowners for house #12, which is located on 8th Street in Metolius, Oregon. The building permits were obtained; excavation was done; water and sewer lines were installed; stem walls and foundation poured. Floor decking has been installed, with framing now underway.The lot was purchased and paid for by grants from Ford Family Foundation and SHOP/HUD. Other financial support came from Habitat savings, and a $2,500 donation from Cal and Clinton Crandall.Volunteers (both skilled and unskilled) are welcome to help on construction. Please call Fritz Marvel at 475-6650 (home), 410-3773 (cell).
RESTORE NEWS...Madras and Jefferson County continues to grow. As growth occurs, our Habitat ReStore is impacted. You can participate in a number of ways. Your donations are always appreciated. Please bring them to the store during operating hours: Wednesday 1-5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm. Receipts for tax deductions are available.The ReStore has a part-time store manager, Manuel Tello, and is staffed by volunteers. There is always a need for people to do receiving, sorting, stocking, cleaning, pickups & deliveries, helping customers, and cashiering.The ReStore transfers proceeds monthly to Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity for the purchase of building materials for Habitat homes. The ReStore is also a major recycler in our community for furniture, large & small appliances, and building materials.You do not have to be experienced in construction or sales to be a big help at the Habitat ReStore. The only requirements are: 1) be willing to have fun 2) enjoy people and 3) be willing to learn. If you meet these qualifications and would like to help, please contact Manuel Tello at the Habitat Restore located on the corner of SW Hwy 97 and K Street. Students are welcome. Part-day shifts are okay.Business Hours: Wednesday 1 - 5pm Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 5pm
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT...While we continue to locally need your support and prayers in our mission to build simple, affordable homes with families in need of decent housing, I feel itís important to share with you about Habitatís response to the tragic destruction of the Tsunami.On the day after Christmas, when many of us in the West were thinking of our endless blessings, our family and friends, and holiday events, on the other side of the world a natural disaster was creating a rampage of destruction we can barely comprehend. The death and devastation that struck the countries and island nations of the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 are of historic proportions.Many organizations responded with immediate relief that was so vital in the first days and weeks after the tsunami struck. But for these people and their families to ever recover, the assistance must be sustained and long term. Habitat for Humanity knew it would have a major role in this long-term assistance.Initially, American and Italian volunteers erected tents being used by families for temporary shelter. Speaking about the tent cities, an educator, A. James Peiris, stated ìIn the morning we have school for the children; it helps them focus on continuing their lives. But itís not enough. They need to return to a home where they can begin to really heal and grow.îIn January, Habitat for Humanity launched an effort to raise an additional $25 million to help 25,000 families whose homes were destroyed by the tsunami. Habitat began its first-phase response launching an effort to build 25,000 permanent one-room structures in India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Each costing an estimated US $1,000, these core houses allow families to move from unsanitary, dangerous tent camps into more secure housing.In Batticoloa, Sri Lanka, Habitat volunteers and staff often work three shifts a day at the organizationís building and training center to meet the need for concrete blocks. In three shifts, the center can produce 3,600 blocks. The core houses in Sri Lanka are one room with a bath and a small veranda. After the initial 250 sq ft house is completed, the homeowner can choose to join a Habitat savings group to finance further construction on their core house.In January, Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity re-designated its quarterly tithe to go to helping the tsunami-affected areas. Persons wishing to help can send donations to:Habitat for Humanity International121 Habitat StreetAmericus, GA 31709-3498Or visit www.habitat.org to donate securely on line.Warmly,Sharon Marvel, President
Volunteers are always needed:
Construction: Call Fritz Marvel, Building Coordinator 475-6650, evenings
ReStore: Call Manuel Tello at 475-9722The Store operates on Wednesdays (1-5pm), Fridays and Saturdays (10am-5pm)
If you or someone you know is in need of decent, affordable housing, you can sign up at the Habitat ReStore to be included in an information meeting. For more information, please call Sharon Marvel at 475-6650.
Help us eliminate substandard housing in our community! It's quick, easy and safe to support the house-building, hope-building work of Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity through Habitat for Humanity International's secure online donation system. You can even send a gift card announcing your donation in honor of a loved one or a special occasion.