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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast Raises $125,700 - 09/13/18

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s Annual ‘Raising the Roof’ Benefit Breakfast was attended by 625 people and raised $125,700 on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and be used to build the remaining four homes for local low income families at their newest subdivision off of Middle Way, McKibbin Commons.


“How blessed we are to live in a community full of generous givers and doers.  The success of this event belongs to every person in the room, as well as each of the Habitat homebuyers who will take the fruits of this event and turn them in to loving and thriving homes.” Said Bruce Armstrong, Acting Executive Director. “Thank you to our dedicated sponsors, table hosts, and volunteers for your commitment to eliminating poverty housing here in Clark County and around the globe. Together we continue to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.”


Rev. Dr. Chris Montovino was the master of ceremonies and kept the crowd entertained all morning.


The benefit also featured a short video showing a day in the life of a family who lives in their new Habitat home at McKibbin Commons. This heartwarming video focused on what homeownership has meant to them and the positive effects it has and will have on their lives and the lives of their children.


Evergreen Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Christi Adams bravely shared her story from homeless, to homeowner, detailing her family's journey with Habitat and how their lives were forever changed after moving into their Habitat home.


Habitat also recognized award recipients as well. Habitat volunteer, Chris Nielson, was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year, Mojgan Kasraei received the Ray Johnson award, and St. Andrew Lutheran Church received the Faith in Action award.  Thank you to all of them for their outstanding dedication and support of Habitat.


Habitat would like to thank all of the sponsors for the event including: Pacific Lifestyle Homes, Clark County Rental Association, Columbia River Financial, Banner Bank, Barnes & Christofanelli CPAs, Clark Public Utilities, Coldwell Banker BAIN, Cosco Fire Protection, Directors Mortgage, GINN Group, Guild Mortgage Company, Imagine Homes Realty, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Parr Lumber, PeaceHealth, Premiere Property Group, Providence Health & Services, Riverview Community Bank, Robertson Engineering, Realvest, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, UNFI, Vancouver Housing Authority, When the Shoe Fits, WFG National Title.


Habitat would also like to thank our Table Hosts: Desert Canyon Mortgage, Ferguson Fire and Fabrication, Neil Jones Food Company, Jordan Ramis, Fidellity National Title, and Waste Connections.


The breakfast benefit was held Thursday, September 6 from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. at Vancouver Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA located at 301 W. 6th Street in Vancouver, Washington.


Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.


For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity beneficiary, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.



Purisevic Family
Purisevic Family
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Two Homes in Clark County for the Purisevic and Ojeda-Aquino Families Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2 pm (Photo) - 09/07/18

What: Home Dedication

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2 pm

Where: 1110 SE 77th Ct Vancouver, WA 98664


[VANCOUVER, WA.]  (September 7) – Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the homes for the Purisevic and Ojeda-Aquino families. Sakib and Mahira Purisevic and Reynaldo Ojeda and Ana Aquino look forward to the stability and safety of homeownership.


Mahira and Sakib Pursevic have always fought hard for their family. They left their native country of Bosnia shortly after the country was torn apart by war in 1996. A few years later their first child, Amina (14), was born. After her birth, Mahira and Sakib discovered that she had cerebral palsy, a disorder that impairs the brain and nervous system functions. Amina is bound to a wheelchair and relies on her parents for all mobility and care.


“This house will be a blessing for our family and will be a huge improvement on Amina’s quality of life. We are so excited to be partnering with Habitat.” said Mahira.


Reynaldo Ojeda and Ana Aquino are the parents of 4 girls, Josie (14), Julia (12), Bryanna (10), and Leslie (6). The family of six currently live in a small, 2-bedroom trailer home that is in significant disrepair. Reynaldo not only attempts to repair his unit, but lends his time and materials to his neighbors who also reside in aging trailer homes. Reynaldo managed to build a small room for himself and Ana by enclosing a portion of the kitchen so that his 4 daughters could split up amongst the two bedrooms. The Ojeda-Aquino Family looks most forward to having space to do their homework, more closet space so that all 6 of them do not need to share one closet, and a place to grow a garden.  


These two homes were made possible thanks to generous sponsors, Burdette Beckmann Inc. and Office Ally. Thanks to their financial contribution, the Purisevic and Ojeda-Aquino families’ dreams of homeownership will become a reality. In addition to the donation, staff at both Burdette Beckmann and Office Ally volunteered in the construction of the families’ homes.


“For many years, BBI has been blessed with the opportunity to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Giving back to our community is an integral pillar of our business and, without it, we wouldn’t feel complete.” Says Robert Taylor Jr., CEO. “We are so proud of all our team members for taking the initiative to be so community driven and focused on giving back and we can’t wait for work we will do in the future with Habitat.”


“Office Ally is honored to be able to give back to the community and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something that will make a huge difference in this family’s life. Welcome home, Ojeda-Aquino Family!” said the Office Ally Team.


These homes also couldn’t have been built without the tireless dedication of our volunteers. We had 569 volunteers contribute 9,052 hours in total to both homes.


 Join us in celebration on Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm, at 1110 SE 77th Ct Vancouver, WA 98664.


Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. People in our community, and all over the world, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. 


For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.



Attached Media Files: Purisevic Family , Ojeda-Aquino Family