Willamette West Habitat For Humanity is a local chapter of the global nonprofit that builds safe, affordable homes for qualified low-income families, and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Jendi Properties helped further their mission.
Jendi Properties staff members, including owners John and Wendi Eichler, managers and maintenance staff put in a day’s worth of sweat equity on homes in the group’s Allen Estates project in Beaverton. Work tasks included cutting and installing baseboards, installing insulation and siding, and working on an interior staircase. The attached homes were each in various phases of construction, from framing all the way to near completion. Volunteers do not need any home building experience to participate.
Lisa Grigg, manager of three Jendi Properties, helped install siding. “I learned so much,” Lisa said. “When siding gets hot, it expands, and if it expands too much, it will come loose, so you have to cut it at least 1/4″ short on each side to allow for expansion.”
Jendi maintenance technician Hermelindo Rodriguez and Jendi property managers Glori Tessier and Kim Contreras removed, cut and reattached stairway treads that had previously been cut incorrectly. “I”ve always thought that Habitat for Humanity is an awesome program, but I had no idea what the volunteer work entailed or what it produced,” said Contereras. “The homes are so beautiful; it was very gratifying to be part of the team that came together to make it happen.”
Willammete West Habitat For Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes that “every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.”
For more information about the group’s work and volunteer options, go to www.habitatwest.org.