Daniel Hamilton, pictured in his mom's arms on left, grew up in a Habitat Home then this past June, volunteered with his fellow co-workers from LAM Research. Our Executive Director, Rick Rogers, is pictured in the truck - second from the right.He can be found working alongside the volunteers.
For this family, paying it forward is a way of life.
It goes without saying that our volunteers, whether in the ReStore or on the Build Site, are the backbone and driving force of our mission. Each time we welcome out a crew of volunteers, the admiration, gratitude, and joy is never something that goes away. Last month, our Newberg affiliate welcomed a volunteer group from LAM Research. While working alongside one of them and through organic conversation, our Executive Director learned that this amazing volunteer grew up in a Habitat for Humanity home! Now as an adult, Daniel pictured above, is paying it forward. Wow! We just had to learn more about this story and after some more "pieces that just fell into place," I found myself on the phone with his mom, Debbie- also pictured above.
Twenty years ago, Debbie Ritthaler moved to St. Helens with her four young sons. She had never heard of Habitat for Humanity until her sister, upon seeing an ad in the local paper, encouraged her to apply for the first ever Habitat Home to be built in Columbia County. Debbie applied and her family’s journey with Habitat for Humanity began. After a two-year long wait (application and construction phase), she and her young sons were handed the keys to their very own home! Looking back she states, “I know it works. It is worth it.” The pride of homeownership, the gratitude, and the joy reflected in her voice is not only encouraging but also inspiring. Debbie stayed active with her local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and for the past 15 years, she has volunteered in some capacity. Currently, she is a member of the affiliate’s Family Selection Committee. She also finds time to volunteer at the ReStore, or as she puts it, “play at the ReStore.” Of the eight homes, the affiliate has built Debbie has played a role in each one. Volunteering is something that she handed down to her sons. I guess the old adage is true, the apple did not fall very far from the tree and for this we are so thankful.
Photos: Top row (L-R): 1. Our current construction project! It's our hope and plan to dedicate this home and hand over the keys prior to the holidays!
2. Just a few of the hard working volunteers from Journey Church (Sherwood, OR). A subset went to the ReStore! We are so grateful for our community partners!
Bottom row (L-R): 1. Thursday VIP's - Joe S and Joe H. getting ready to clear our newest single family home lot!
2. The "after shot" from pic #1. Stay tuned for more info as the activity on this site ramps up! Volunteer Group slots available. Contact our office for more details; 503-537-9938
Building Homes, Building Hope
"It is the most wonderful time of the year..." Can you hear it? That Christmas song? Okay, now that we all have it going through our heads, let's all say a collective: "It's Christmas in July!" Everyone here at Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity is enjoying the good kind of "tired" and so many blessings have been coming our way that it already feels like Christmas. Our ReStore employees and ReStore Rockstars (volunteers) just celebrated a successful year at our new location (801 N. Meridian St - read that story below). The Thursday VIP's and volunteer build groups (as seen in the photos above) have been accomplishing so much on our, not one...but THREE build sites! Which means....we have TWO more partner families to select in the near future! Yay! We could not do this without the tireless efforts of our Family Selection Committee. They have advanced in the selection process and have made the necessary home visits to our current applicants. As one of them said, "The hardest part of our job is that we can't give a home to everybody." Stay tuned for the announcement of our latest Habitat Partner Families! If you would like more info on how to apply in our next round, please contact our office at 503-537-9938.
ReStore Community Appreciation BBQ!
Pictured (L-R): 1. Dave H and Paula K - ReStore Rockstars manning our raffle table with prizes from Wilco. 2. Joe S in apron enjoying a delicious BBQ lunch from JEM 100. 3. Community members enjoying lunch. 4. Dennis C. (ReStore Rockstar), Dave H. (ReStore Manager), and Tom V. (JEM 100 owner and grill master) smiling big. Thanks Tom for being a huge part of this super fun event!
Many People. One Community.
We are all so incredibly grateful for the community in which we live, play, and work. Whether you have shopped at our ReStore, volunteered (isn't it fun?), or donated towards our mission - THANK YOU! With the generous support of: JEM 100, Wilco, and Gills Point S Tires, our Community Appreciation BBQ was a big hit!
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 118
Newberg, OR 97132