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Habitat for Humanity Homeowners
Denise Palfrey and her daughter, Alexsa, stand out front of Jubilee Commons in Gresham, OR where their new Habitat home is being built.

Denise Palfrey and her daughter, Alexsa, stand out front of Jubilee Commons in Gresham, OR where their new Habitat home is being built.

Habitat homeowners share at the 2010 Hope Builder Breakfast

I was honored to attend the 2010 Habitat Hope Builder Breakfast put on by Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East.  Habitat (Portland Metro East) shares their stories with the community at this annual fundraiser at the Portland Convention Center.  This year two wonderful women shared their personal stories with the group of over 1,000 people that gathered at 7:30 a.m., April 29.

I often volunteer for Habitat doing portraits of families and documenting their builds. I got to personally meet and work with Denise Palfrey and Julia Mines.

Julia Mines has been living in her Habitat home for 10 years now with her family and grandson. She said she could only afford to rent and often ended up moving from place to place. She by chance took a friend to apply for the Habitat program and ended up applying herself and getting approved.

“Once they accepted me my life began to change overnight,” says Mines at the breakfast. “It has allowed me to be the foundation for my family.” Mines is currently a drug and alcohol counselor and is in her 3rd year at Warner Pacific University for Human Development.

Denise Palfrey and her daughter, Alexsa, are just now working off their 500 hours sweat equity before they can move into their new Habitat home. Denise was the victim of domestic abuse and managed to pull herself out of it at the same time getting into a 12-step program. Denise and Alexsa have been working and visiting the development where their new home will be and getting to know the neighbors who also have Habitat homes.

“The sense of community is an incredible feeling,” Palfrey said at the Hope Builder Breakfast.  “Today I have a work community, a church community and now a Habitat community.”

Visit Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East: http://habitatportlandmetro.org/

Julia raises her Grandson, Ajani, at her home in Portland, OR.

Julia raises her Grandson, Ajani, at her home in Portland, OR.

Julia Mines (center), her Grandson, Ajani (left), and husband, Fred (right), stand outside their home which they purchase through Habitat for Humanity 10 years ago.

Julia Mines (center), her Grandson, Ajani (left), and husband, Fred (right), stand outside their home which they purchase through Habitat for Humanity 10 years ago.

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