Paid with ?sweat equity'

Contributed photo Angelica Rojas, 3, takes a turn with the hammer as her family puts "sweat equity" into constructing the family's own, new Habitat for Humanity home in Stanfield.

By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Two Habitat for Humanity homes are well under construction behind the Jackpot convenience store in Stanfield. The organization calls such homes "The Theology of the Hammer."

Habitat tries to follow Jesus' example of caring and compassion for all people, by helping low income families build and own a home. According to the web page, Habitat for Humanity International is "a Christian ministry that welcomes everyone — regardless of religious preference ? to share our vision of a world without poverty housing."

Each of the two Stanfield homes is being built in a partnership between a family/owner and Oregon Trail Habitat for Humanity. Oregon Trail HFH was founded in 1991 by a group of interested people from Pendleton and Hermiston, and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

The group is governed by a board that meets monthly. The two new Stanfield homes bring the total number of Oregon Trail HFH houses to nine.

(For the full story, please see the Nov. 29, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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