Habitat names associate director
A former director of Jefferson Park and Rec has been tapped to strengthen the local presence of Habitat for Humanity of Boone and Greene Counties.
Jeff Lamoureux, of Jefferson, was introduced Sunday at Habitat’s annual Nativity Festival as the two-county organization’s first associate director.
He will open an office in Jefferson in the coming year to support Habitat’s low-income home repair and construction efforts locally.
Prior to 2010, one family in Greene County had been assisted by Habitat. Since then, 11 more have been helped.
A native of New Hampton, Lamoureux, 46, served the city of Jefferson for 10 years as Parks and Recreation director, and comes to Habitat after less than a year as Perry’s Parks and Recreation director.
“I knew it was a good organization doing good things for the area,” said Lamoureux, who recently helped renovate a house with Habitat.
A Navy veteran and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Lamoureux also serves on the board of the Greene County Community School District.
“With someone of Jeff’s caliber joining our current staff, we truly have the team in place to serve many more families going forward,” said Harry Ahrenholtz, of Jefferson, Habitat board president. “We couldn’t be happier with our selection.”
Lamoureux and wife Jill have four school-age children — son Reid, a junior; daughter Regan, a freshman; and twin daughters Kassie and Kirsten, who are in seventh grade.
They are members of the Church of Christ.
“Having a safe home is such an integral part of family life,” Lamoureux said, “and I look forward to meeting and working with families and volunteers to make the dream of home ownership a reality.”
Habitat is a Christian housing ministry dedicated to ensuring safe, decent and affordable housing for families in need.
Sunday’s third annual Nativity Festival at the First United Methodist Church raised more than $9,000 to help fund Habitat for Humanity projects in Greene County.
A large Nativity set made for Habitat by the Sticks art and furniture company of Des Moines was purchased by high bidder Mary Weaver, of Rippey, for $1,500.
Despite having its main office in Boone, the two-county Habitat affiliate is well-connected to Greene County — Executive Director Erich Kretzinger is a 1980 graduate of Jefferson High School.