It has been an absolute pleasure for Homes for HOPE to serve alongside McGuinn Hybrid Homes on their first Homes for HOPE Project.
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The weather in Kansas City is famously unpredictable - rain, sunshine, snow, all in the span of a few minutes. At the launch of the Arise Homes’ Homes for HOPE Project in May, it felt like we experienced all four seasons in one day. But despite the unpredictable weather, the spirit was unwavering.
On a beautiful, Friday the 13th afternoon, Harrisburg, PA’s Yingst Homes, and their longstanding trade partners gathered at The Beerded Goat Brewery to launch their first Homes for HOPE Project. This was the culmination of a partnership five years in the making facilitated by Homes for HOPE board member, John Fox of FoxBuilt Homes.
Homes for HOPE is delighted to announce that Providence Homes is the recipient of our second annual Bigelow Award. This award is named in honor of Perry Bigelow, who served as Homes for HOPE’s board president for over twenty years before he went home to be with the LORD in July 2022.
On a beautiful, late September evening, Homes for HOPE gathered in Richmond, VA with CDW Homes owner Chad White’s family, friends, trade partners, and suppliers for an open house and the launch of their first-ever Homes for HOPE Project! We enjoyed delicious El Salvadoran food sourced by his incredibly talented framer, as Chad shared his vision for CDW Homes
Early this year, while on a prospecting trip in VA, Homes for HOPE’s Eastern US Representative, Stephen Giordano, dropped in at Ironwood Homes with some Goo Goo Clusters – a treat from where he lives in Nashville. This was the beginning of a budding partnership, and two weeks ago, Ironwood Homes launched their first Homes for HOPE Project.
In 2004, John and Tracy Houston started John Houston Homes (JHH) with a mission to reach people for Christ and give to the kingdom. Today, almost 20 years later, JHH is employee-owned by over 100 team members, is ranked among the top home builders in the United States, and builds hundreds of homes a year in four major market areas across 40+ communities.
Recently, I had the privilege of celebrating the completion of Pahlisch Homes' inaugural Homes for HOPE project in beautiful Bend, Oregon. I was joined by staff, neighbors from the Highline South community, and over 75 trade partners. Dan Pahlisch, President of Pahlisch Homes, opened the event with a prayer and invited guests to enjoy artisanal pizza and ice cream from local food trucks. It was a time to celebrate the thousands of lives that will be impacted by Pahlisch's donation, as well as a time of fellowship among colleagues who had just constructed an award-winning home.
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.
It was a beautiful day in sunny Lexington, SC on Tuesday of last week. With the summer heatwave in full force, it was a good day to be inside for the McGuinn trade appreciation lunch at Hudson’s BBQ and the inaugural launch of their first Homes for Hope project.