Former Forest Grove Mayor Richard Kidd is hanging up the tool belt, reluctantly. He’s been building houses and teaching others to do it with the West Tuality Habitat for Humanity for decades.
This is on top of his “day job” too. He says it all began when he walked by a build site and a couple of people he knew said “Hey, come here and hold this”. Since then he’s worked on every house that that Habitat group has built in Forest Grove.
He recently was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his efforts. The former U.S. Army colonel said he first built a house with his dad when he was 12. You can here his story here:
Habitat for Humanity doesn’t just build new homes. It also gets repair requests for low-income, disabled and elderly residents in western Washington County. Earlier this year, the nonprofit finished renovating its Forest Grove ReStore, which sells secondhand and gently used furniture, home goods and building materials at affordable prices.