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November 2020
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Building Blocks
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Job Opening
Grants Coordinator

Job summary:

The Grants Coordinator maintains the grant management responsibilities of the organization. The GC reports directly to the Executive Director and manages the grant volunteer(s). The GC will also work closely with all TCP’s department managers, coordinators, and relevant staff. Primary duties include but are not limited to: researching grant funding, maintaining an annual calendar of grant activity and deadlines, and writing and submitting grant proposals. The position is part-time (approximately 20-25 hours per week). Hourly rate will be determined by experience.

“This program changed my life”
Neftali, Habitat's 14th homeowner, has paid off his mortgage! This is a huge accomplishment for him and his family. One of his ESL instructors, who happened to be a Habitat board member at the time, informed him about the program. After attending an annual presentation held for prospective homeowners, he submitted his application and his family was accepted into our program in 2001. 

At the time his family was accepted, they were renting a mobile home with very little space and felt it was not the best place to raise a family. The family consisted of Neftali, his wife Engracia, their 3-year-old Jennifer, and Neftali's mother, Zenaida. The four of them were sharing the two-bedroom mobile home. 
Our program requires each family to complete 500 sweat equity hours and Neftali took advantage of each moment spent on the construction site. He had no experience with construction before Habitat, but he feels that the work he did gave him the confidence to do his own projects on the house. By going through the whole process from foundation to roofing, he received a better understanding of what owning a home means.
"This program gives the opportunity to learn skills of owning a home and how to do own repairs. Gives a better picture of what it takes to build and own a house." 
~Their home in Kennewick was finished and dedicated in 2002.~
Since moving into the home, Neftali has put up a fence, poured concrete for a driveway, a patio, and built a shed. In the Habitat program, he learned about the regulations, permits, and inspections construction requires and so he felt like he had the courage to undertake these projects on his own. This same courage led him to begin remodeling a vintage car without any prior experience. He learned from watching youtube and has been working on the car for a year. 
After his wife passed away, Neftali saw life with a new perspective. Now a single parent of three children, he learned to appreciate the present. He appreciates life and the simple things believing every day is special. Every morning Neftali takes time to go over his thoughts and reflect while watching the birds through his window. In his words, he has become closer to and more involved with the children. He encourages and supports his children to learn to be more responsible and conscious of the benefits of school. School is an investment that all three of his children have devoted themselves to. 
“There are no failures. It’s just a learning process that we have to go through.”
His eldest, Jennifer, will be graduating from the University of Washington next year with a degree in Engineering and has completed a 2-year internship with Boeing. Iratze, the next eldest, graduated from high school in 2019 and is attending Washington State University for Veterinarian Studies. The youngest, Uriele, is in middle school. He likes math and wants to be an engineer like his older sister. 
Ever the optimist, Neftali believes that everything is a learning experience, a building block to grow from. To Neftali, being accepted into the Habitat program was like “winning the lottery”. It gave him and his family a kickstart and the flexibility to be more financially stable.
"Live day by day taking each one as it comes."
Construction Updates
310 S Cedar Ave is 91% complete and is projected to be dedicated on 12/5/20 (first photo). 308 S Cedar Ave is 31% complete. We just received the trusses and will start focusing on this house in the next couple of weeks. It is projected to be complete in Spring 2021 (second photo). 306 S Cedar Ave is 26% complete. We will begin the framing of this house soon. We are awaiting 2 building permits to begin work on the north half of the subdivision.

We anxiously await the arrival of the Tri-Tech students, who have been delayed as schools remain closed over COVID concerns.
Walla Walla
902 Carrie Ave in Walla Walla is 32% complete, and has been making progress through the efforts of our volunteer crews and the arrival of SEA Tech students.

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Don't forget that the Three Rivers Community Foundation has agreed to match the first $3,000 in donations until the end of the year.