Building Locally to Fight Poverty Globally

Another Home for Hope For Sale in Annafeld

By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director

When we see poverty on television and hear about the daily struggles of families in third-world countries on the news, we often feel powerless to have any impact on lives so remote from our own. We can donate money, yes, but we have no idea what the monetary reach will be, and if it will really have a positive effect on those who need it most.

 

2018 Home for Hope—1847 Walter Creek Blvd, For Sale in Annafeld

When we see poverty on television and hear about the daily struggles of families in third-world countries on the news, we often feel powerless to have any impact on lives so remote from our own. We can donate money, yes, but we have no idea what the monetary reach will be, and if it will really have a positive effect on those who need it most.

McCall Homes, however, has found a way to make a huge impact on the lives of thousands of families for years to come through an organization called Homes for Hope. Homes for Hope is a non-profit whose mission is “building locally to fight poverty globally”. 

Builders like us, have partnered with their local suppliers, trades, and other donors to build and sell  Homes for Hope across the country. All proceeds from the sales of these homes are donated to HOPE International, a network of Christ-centered organizations that finance micro-loans and savings programs to help empower men, women and families break the cycle of poverty and start or expand businesses in over 16 impoverished countries throughout the world. These families would otherwise have no means to access financing to grow their community-based businesses.

In 2013, Greg McCall and his wife, Erin, visited the Dominican Republic to see first-hand how the program worked before committing to the Homes for Hope project. The clients they met in the impoverished town of Hato Mayor shared their heartfelt stories of being able to provide for their families, educate their children, and have access to critical health care. 

Two of the women they met during their trip, Bienvenida and Teresa, served as memorable success stories to encourage them on their path for this project. Bienvenida started her own little store selling chicken to her community with only a $50 loan and now makes more than that amount in revenue every day. Teresa used her  first $47 loan to buy a foot-action Singer sewing machine. This simple piece of equipment allowed her to expedite more and more orders. Her most recent loan for $475 is over 10 times larger than her first and she’ll be able to repay it over time due to the success of her sewing business and the support of her solidarity group. 

Rather than donating clothes, food, or money, HOPE International offers an alternative to short-lived donations. Instead of a handout, it gives a hand up. 

“It’s easy to just write a check and be done with it, but we needed something more than that,” Erin shares. “It wasn’t just going to be something that was a one-time thing. It was going to be something that would carry on for generations.”

Bienvenida proudly sells her chicken.

Shortly after that trip in 2014, McCall Homes built and sold its first Home for Hope, donating $169,000 from the proceeds to HOPE International. This contribution initially served over 1,000 families with micro-loans to finance their businesses. People who wouldn’t normally have access to funds were now able to kickstart their business in their own community. The micro-loans are repaid at an astonishing rate of 98% due to the accountability and support of the their solidarity group which is led by local directors and serves as a way share finances, issues, and challenges that arise in their businesses.. The successful rate of repayment means the initial contributions are able to regenerate more loans over time expanding the original impact exponentially. As smaller loans are paid off, larger loans are assumed as owners grow their businesses, not unlike how businesses grow in places with access to financial institutions.

Keeping track of loan payments in the solidarity group.

“Homes for Hope empowers people. That’s our mission,” says Greg McCall. 

From their trade partners to their homeowners and employees, McCall Homes mission is “Empowering people. Building community”. He explains why they built the first Home for Hope three years ago – they wanted to “give your people an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

This Wednesday, August 15 from Noon-1pm, McCall Homes will be celebrating the completion of their second Home for Hope in their newest neighborhood, Annafeld. Together, with the local trade partners who donated time and materials to the project, they will celebrate the completion of the home at 1847 Walter Creek and the impact its  sale will have on the lives of many deserving third-world “entrepreneurs”and their families.

Recipients of the organization’s micro-loans work hard to make repayments and start a new beginning for their families and communities. Over 900,000 entrepreneurs currently benefit from HOPE’s programs thanks to the generous partnerships with builders like McCall Homes and their trade partners.

Many Thanks to the Trade Partners and Suppliers who contributed to the Home for Hope project at 1847 Walter Creek Boulevard:

A & B Cleaning – final clean
A&H Turf – cabinet hardware
Carpets Plus Colortile – all flooring and tile
Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning
BTU Buster – Blower Door test
Drywall Unlimited – labor
Duane Youngren – labor
Krivonen – engineering
Outlaw Exteriors – labor
Pacific Steel – rebar
Pacific Supply – drywall materials
Grand Lumber – Interior doors
Pride Industries – roof and floor trusses
Pro-trade – light fixtures
Randall Carpentry – labor
Rimrock Cabinets- cabinets
Sonshine Electric – labor
Stacey Miller Construction – framing labor
Win-Dor – windows


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