Providence employees team with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity

Habitat volunteers

Having your own home instills a sense of pride and happiness. As does helping build one. For a team of employees from Providence Health Plan, working with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity connected them to their community, while also honoring their employer’s heritage.

Volunteering on a Saturday, more than 15 Providence Health Plan employees helped build, caulk and seal framing and hang sheetrock for homes on Habitat for Humanity’s BraunerBrook construction site in Hillsboro.

"We heard stories about the Sisters of Providence in the late 1800’s building hospitals, schools and orphanages in Oregon to serve those in need," said Jessica Brzuskiewicz, a pharmacy technician with Providence Health Plan. "Many of the Sisters were hands-on in construction and skilled in carpentry, so we thought it was only fitting that we serve the community in a similar way".

Employees also organized a collection drive for construction items such as work gloves, tape measures and utility knives which were donated to the construction site. BraunerBrook is Willamette West Habitat for Humanity’s newest neighborhoods located in Hillsboro off of Maple St. and 13th Ave and will be the home for nine families. Any person over the age of 16 is able to sign-up to volunteer on one of their construction days.