During COVID, organizations like Jesse Tree received an influx of funds to provide emergency rental assistance to families. Today, those funds are drying up but the housing crisis in Treasure Valley shows no signs of slowing down. Jesse Tree and organizations like it need the support of all of us to continue keeping our neighbors housed.
As the demand for caregivers and after-school programs continues to rise, the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley located in Eugene is answering the call, and First Story is thrilled to have named the Club one of our largest Giving Grant recipients in 2022 with a $10,000 donation.
As Claire, Kisky and the First Story team ramp up work for our annual fundraising event, right alongside us you’ll find a crew of bright, motivated young people who know how to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Here at First Story, we know that homeownership creates stability for families. And once that solid foundation is laid, many of our First Story families find ways to pay it forward by helping to build others up.
Getting her First Story house changed everything for Kari Ann Wolff and her children. After years of having her rent unexpectedly increase, or worse, the places she lived sold, homeownership meant stability for her family and a sense of community.
Before having her kids, Jillian Hanes moved around a lot. So often, in fact, she remembers never feeling comfortable hanging photographs and art on the wall. “No place ever felt like home,” she explained. That all changed when she became a homeowner through First Story.