Flashback to 1997 when Eugene Southtowne Rotary sponsored and directed the construction of a Habitat home for a local family. Dubbed “Dakota Dreams” for their baby boy and the street it was built on, the McKeithen family – Gus, Shelley, Dylan, and Dakota moved into the house in the spring of 1999. This project was a landmark effort for Southtowne and we were able to welcome the mom back to Southtowne after almost 20 years to hear how life-changing this was for her family.
So, in 2013, when the club held a visioning meeting, several Rotarians voiced their desire to sponsor another Habitat home. Because the financial requirements are so much greater now, Southtowne set on a course to enlist the assistance of other local Rotary club, dubbing the project the “Greater Rotary Habitat Build”.
Together with our Rotary Parnter clubs (Twin Rivers, Delta, and Metro), along with many community partners and donors, we were able to raise enough funds and in-kind donations to break ground in the spring of 2015 on a forever-home for Ursula Jimenez and her children. Rotarians and volunteers donated countless hours toward the actual construction throughout 2015 and as a result, we were able to do something life-changing for this family.
Habitat for Humanity projects require the family to donate hundreds of hours of their own time to not only the building of their home, but also other Habitat homes prior to their home even being started. Ursula’s dedication and determination to make this dream a reality for her family has been incredible to see.
The house was officially dedicated on November 15, 2015. Additional work on landscaping and the building of a fence followed into 2016. For more information on this project, please contact Nancy Meyer.