Pamir and his wife and two daughters are helping build their own Beaverton house, which is being funded by grants from Catholic parishes. (Courtesy St. Pius X Knights of Columbus)
Pamir and his wife and two daughters are helping build their own Beaverton house, which is being funded by grants from Catholic parishes. (Courtesy St. Pius X Knights of Columbus)
BEAVERTON — A Willamette West Habitat for Humanity donor who is Catholic wanted to make an impact and unite Catholics to address the housing needs faced by families in Washington County.

The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, has issued the Catholic Match Challenge, promising to match gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000. The funds will help complete a home under construction in the Beaverton Denney Gardens neighborhood.

Families work alongside volunteers to build their own homes. They pay an affordable mortgage.

The home going up in Beaverton will be for the family of Pamir, which is from Afghanistan. He and his wife have two daughters and a baby boy on the way. Pamir works at a local bank.

“A Habitat home means a safe place to raise our children that we can call home,” Pamir said. “We will no longer have stress about property management, increases in rent or unsuitable living conditions.”

Individuals and families from St. Anthony in Tigard, St. Cecilia and Holy Trinity in Beaverton, Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego, Resurrection in Tualatin and St. Pius X in Northwest Portland already are supporting the effort and have donated to the Catholic Match Challenge.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X put on a Sunday breakfast fundraiser.