Last Friday I had the great joy to be part of celebrating the dedication of another Home for Hope – this one in Mount Joy, PA.  I couldn’t help but recognize the fact that Brentwood Builders and 30 of their trade partners donated what they really “couldn’t afford to give” if you look at the housing market.

Clair Hostetter, Brentwood’s CEO, put it this way: “It was just time to do this and I’m proud to say nearly all the guys stepped up to give all they could to the project in labor, materials and services.”  Clair said that the final donation to Homes for Hope from the net revenue from the project would be $65,000 to $75,000 – pretty amazing when you realize many of these trade partners are basically managing cash flow and realizing very little profit in this recovering market.

One half of the proceeds will be designated to small loans in Afghanistan, given through HOPE International – an H4H partner – to struggling entrepreneurs who will now be able to work their families out of poverty for good. The remaining proceeds will be used to further HOPE’s work in thirteen other countries around the world.

Rich Brown, Executive Vice President of the Lancaster Building Industry Association echoed Clair’s comments when he spoke to the assembled group, “there are probably no more generous people anywhere than members of our local building industry.  It makes me very proud to be here and to see this outpouring of love and generosity from many of our members to those most in need in our world.”

Trades & community members gather to celebrate the Brentwood Builders Home for Hope dedication!

Mike Lennon (Homes for Hope), Clair Hostetter (Brentwood Builders), and Rich Brown (Lancaster BIA) inside the finished Home for Hope.

(l-r) Ben Hogan (Trade Partner), Mike Lennon (Homes for Hope), Clair Hostetter (Brentwood Builders), and Tom & Greg Kile (Waterford Management) stand in front of the finished project!

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