Capstone Homes Launch Their First Homes for HOPE Project

Jul 21, 2023

“Wise men plant trees they’ll never sit under.” — Greek Proverb  

We often say partnering with Homes for HOPE is all about the long game. Partnerships take a while to cultivate, homes take a bit to be built, and loans take time to be repaid. But in the end, partnerships are solidified, homes are built, and loans are repaid by HOPE clients helping them break the cycle of poverty. No partnership embodies that sentiment like our most recent launch with Capstone Homes in Ramsey, MN. 15 years ago, Homes for HOPE Founder, Jeff Rutt, and Capstone Homes Founder, Ben Minks found themselves on a trip together in the Dominican Republic meeting HOPE clients. It’s safe to say a metaphorical tree was planted on that trip and began to blossom last week in a small town northwest of Minneapolis. 

Last Thursday, roughly 50 trade partners, suppliers, and Capstone employees gathered on Quintana Street to launch Capstone Homes’ first Homes for HOPE project. Spearheaded by Ben and Rachel Minks, the event was a smashing success. Guests were greeted like family as they arrived to hear from Western U.S. Representative, Drake Holtry, who cast vision for the work of HOPE and how they can get involved. The local news even came out to film the launch. 

Ben and Rachel are humble and authentic leaders. They’ve cultivated a successful business with a healthy culture and a loyal team around them. The Minks’ would never tell you they’re the 6th largest builder in the Twin Cities and the largest private builder in the area. Ben Minks likes to focus on the sticks and bricks, building quality homes at an exceptional value, while serving others and impacting the community. Well, it’s safe to say Ben and Rachel are staying true to their mission. Through the launch of their Homes for HOPE project, they will impact far more than just their community. For every $25 they’re able to donate to Homes for HOPE, one client will be served for an initial year. And with a 97% repayment rate, those funds donated will never go away. Capstone Homes have chosen to plant a “tree” they may never sit under. Many generations from now, someone living in one of the twenty countries HOPE International operates in will take out a loan that originated from Capstone Homes’s original gift.  

If you’re interested in partnering in the work of Homes for HOPE and HOPE International, email Drake Holtry at 

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