Get your passport: Take a tour of the Hammer ‘N’ Ale Trail

June 2017 Posted in Community

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 11.10.32 AMNorth Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity is once again teaming up with local pubs and breweries for The House That Beer Built passport.  In its first year the program raised more than $20,000 to help build homes families could afford. This year the organization’s goal is to raise $50,000.

The map that accompanies the passport guides travelers through the eastern Willamette Valley to 25 breweries and pubs where they receive one free pint of beer or cider when they show their passport. Passports cost $25. The participating businesses donate the pints so all the proceeds go to Habitat. 

Passports, valid June 1 – Aug. 31, are available at Online purchase provides a ticket that can be redeemed for the passport at Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N. First St., Silverton. Passports also will be available at The Oregon Garden Brewfest June 16 – 18.

The local Habitat chapter plans to start its 45th home – this one in Silverton – the end of June. It will be for Kimberly Betker and her son Shawn. They currently rent a room in a trailer. She works for Speedco Truck Lube and Tires in Aurora. If all goes as planned, their new Silverton home will be ready for them this time next year.

Betker said this home will mean “Stability for me and my son. It is a huge blessing. To be able to have something that is mine, something that I worked for and that I can offer my son is amazing.”

Not including land cost, the construction of a Habitat home runs about $60,000. The cost is kept low due to donated materials and volunteer labor. It takes thousands of hours to build a Habitat home and the organization welcomes community help. 

“The camaraderie of building as a team, the satisfaction of helping turn bare land into a family home, the skills developed during a build, and the joy of watching the family receive the keys to their very own home is an extremely rewarding experience,” NWV Habitat Development Director Michele Finicle said.

Families selected for a Habitat home must put in at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. The family does not receive the home for free. It is sold to them at a reduced cost so that the mortgage payment including taxes and insurance is under 30 percent of their income. 

“The family’s mortgage payment goes back into building homes for future family home builds so we can continue and advance our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” Finicle explained.

NWV Habitat is the pioneer for The House That Beer Built passport. Other branches have reached out for advice on how to implement the program. 

“One of our area’s biggest assets in our rich beer history. We are also known for our community spirit… It only made sense to combine the two in the Hammer N’ Ale and Trail,” she said.

“If we can meet our goal of selling all 2,000 passports we will raise $50,000 which is nearly the entire construction cost of our next home.  It will be quiet literally the House That Beer Built.”

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