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We hope you enjoy reading about the highlights of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity this month.  As always we greatly appreciate your support of our affiliate where we continue to build safe and affordable housing for our hard working, low income families.  If you would like to find out how you can help, please visit for more information.


Evergreen Habitat Announces First Ground Breaking Ceremony of 2011

First build of the year to commence with Bank of America sponsored Cabrera home


Cabrera home drawing


It's that time of year again! Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is announcing the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the first of three homes to be built by the Clark County affiliate in 2011. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on April 16th at the Patten Park development in the Orchards area of Vancouver.  


In addition to unveiling the 2011 build site, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will be introducing the Cabrera family who will put a total of 700 sweat equity hours into the completion of thier home. 


Representatives from the Cabrera home sponsor, Bank of America, will help kick off what will be a notewothy build season for Evergreen Habitat.


"Bank of America is proud to partner with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and sponsor the construction of this home," said David Moss, Southwest Washington Market President for Bank of America. "Through this partnership, we're helping to revitalize a neighborhood and giving our Vancouver-area employees from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust an opportunity to take a personal stake in creating positive change for a family in need in the community they serve.  We're looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with the family and other community volunteers to build this house." 


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Meet a 2011 Partner Family

The Bastidas Family 


Deseré, Arianna, Aleesya and Miguel Bastidas

As anyone who has lived in Clark County for any length of time knows, this is a great area to raise a family. Deseré and Miguel Bastidas certainly agree. Deseré told Habitat, "Miguel and I want to raise our children in Vancouver; the city is very comfortable with plenty to do for the kids."


Long-time Clark County residents, Deseré grew up in Vancouver, having lived here since she was eleven years old and Miguel has made Southwest Washington his home for the last four years. The parents of three-year-old Arianna and one-year-old Aleesya want a secure home and a safe upbringing for their children.


Keeping the family under one consistent roof has been a struggle as the Bastidas's have had to relocate several times due to raising rent. 


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Evergreen Habitat Welcomes New Executive Director Josh Townsley 

Josh Townsley

Josh Townsley


We are pleased to announce Josh Townsley as the new Executive Director for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (EHFH).


The new director's nonprofit experience includes time as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Oregon Food Bank, Development Coordinator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Manager of the Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement Company, a nonprofit specializing in flood control and drainage on Sauvie Island.


Josh has lived in the Portland Metropolitan area for the last 16 years and brings tremendous energy and passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity.


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Issue: 15
In this Issue
Evergreen Habitat Announces First Ground Breaking Ceremony of 2011
Meet a 2011 Partner Family
Evergreen Habitat Welcomes New Executive Director
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The Cabrera home is the second-to-last home to be built in the Patten Park development which will be finished this year. 


"This event will provide an opportunity for Habitat supporters to see what we have accomplished so far with the Orchards development and to bring together the family, community leaders and volunteers that will help us complete Patten Park," said Josh Townsley, Executive Director of Evergreen Habitat. "We're extremely grateful to Bank of America for their dedication to helping us see this project through."


Join us as we celebrate a new year of building a new beginning for this deserving family.


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CabrerafamThe Bastidas family continued


The lease on their two-bedroom apartment is the first they have been able to renew in three years.


"Our oldest daughter, Arianna, has already been through three moves," said Miguel.


 As children, both Miguel and Desere had to move frequently. They do not want their daughters to experience the difficulty of attending ten different elementary schools as Desere did.


Desere, a cashier at Winco Foods and Miguel, who is self-employed as a courier while working as a collections agent for Receivables Performance Management are working hard to rebuild credit following their 2008 bankruptcy.


"Without Habitat, we would have no hope of owning a home," said Desere. "We're fortunate to live somewhere where a program like [Habitat's] exists. We're grateful to everyone who plans to help build a home for our family."

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joshtownsleyJosh Townsley continued


Josh has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since an early age. In high school, Josh bicycled across the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, through a program called Cycle U.S.A., to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. He and four other students presented at more than fifty different churches, schools and community organizations, raising more than $80,000 for the Willamettte West affiliate in Beaverton, Oregon and the Honduras affiliate.


"The idea was to live without a roof for forty days in order to provide one for another," Josh said.


This desire to serve others by building homes and communities grew stronger as Josh completed his BS in Political Science at Portland State University and studied Nonprofit Development at the Institute for Nonprofit Management.


"After serving for the last several years with other nonprofits in the region, I am excited to be coming back 'home' to an organization that has always been a big part of my life," Josh said. "I'm very eager to begin building and, with the support of the Board of Directors and incredible staff, lead Evergreen Habitat for Humanity in the coming years."


If you'd like to connect with Josh and get more involved with Habitat for Humanity, you can reach him at (360) 737-1759 or


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