Timber groups build Habitat Home

By American Forest Research Council,

Local Forest Products Industry Builds Habitat Home in Springfield for Navarrete Bravo Family

The Navarrete Bravo family will be joined by Springfield Mayor Lundberg, partners from the forest products industry, and Habitat supporters in celebrating the groundbreaking of the family’s Habitat home on Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 AM, at 4869 A Street in Springfield.

The Navarrete Bravo Family home will be sponsored by the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a non-profit trade association based out of Portland. AFRC represents lumber manufacturers and forest landowners in five western states, with a major presence in Lane County and the Eugene/Springfield area. AFRC and its members will provide locally-manufactured lumber, volunteer hours, and cash donations to build the home.

“This project embodies what the forest products industry is all about,” said Travis Joseph, president of AFRC, who was born and raised in Springfield. “We work in the woods, care for our public lands, and make products every Oregonian depends on every day – including the lumber in our homes. Our members care deeply about the communities in which they live, work, and play and this project is another reminder of that commitment. We are honored and thrilled to be using our industry’s local products and expertise to build a home for Nayeli and her daughter Alitza – they could not be more deserving.”

Nayeli has completed 176 hours in volunteer sweat equity including construction of other Habitat homes, homeowner education, and other volunteer opportunities. This represents more than ½ of the total hours required by the Habitat program – and they are just beginning to build their own home! When their home is completed, the Navarrete Bravo family will have contributed at least 300 hours in sweat equity. Truly, this family is making an investment in their future!

The ceremonies will include blessing of the ground and the family, and the official turning of the earth. Remarks will be made by Habitat for Humanity, Springfield Mayor Lundberg, and AFRC president Travis Joseph.

Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 26 years of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for families in our community. “We are so grateful to AFRC for the generous contributions of all its members, including substantial donations from Swanson Group, Timber Products Company, Roseburg Forest Products, D.R. Johnson, JW Bamford, Oregon Women in Timber, and Freres Lumber”, said Don Griffin, Executive Director of S/E Habitat. “We are excited to partner with AFRC to open doors to a brighter future for Nayeli and Alitza.”

Distinguished guests include:
Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg
Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken
Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart
Oregon State Senator Lee Beyer
Oregon Representative John Lively
Willamette National Forest Supervisor Tracy Beck

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