July 17, 2014
Nearly 200 people turned out to dedicate Habitat For Humanity of East Jefferson County’s Birkenfeld Community and Nora’s Neighborhood Park and witness the groundbreaking of the neighborhood’s first two homes last Thursday, July 17. In attendance were Habitat supporters and representatives from a variety of community agencies, including the ribbon cutters from left: Kyle Porter, son of the late Nora Porter for whom the neighborhood park is named; Claire Bishop, Program Officer, C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust of the Seattle Foundation; Jean Camfield, Board President of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County; Larry Gluth, Senior Vice President, US and Canada, Habitat for Humanity International; and Bob Peterson, Manager, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
The Birkenfeld Community, is named for Mr. Birkenfeld who passed away in 2005, leaving his estate for distribution to non-profit organizations in the Northwest. It will be the site of 12 new homes and Nora’s Neighborhood Park. Habitat received a $150,000 contribution from the trust, the single largest private cash donation the organization has received. Nora’s Neighborhood Park, located in the center of the Birkenfeld Community, is made possible thanks to generous donations from 168 individuals and businesses.