With the help of over 30 trades and suppliers in Billings, McCall Homes recently sold its second Home for Hope. Each of McCall Homes’ trade partners had the opportunity to contribute labor and materials to the home at 1847 Walter Creek Boulevard in McCalls’ newest neighborhood, Annafeld (south of Elysian Road).
“We’ve done a lot of volunteer work, but this gives people the chance to do something for themselves – people don’t appreciate things unless they earn it. It’s much better than anything we’ve volunteered for in the past,” says Duffy Duffield, the owner of Castlerock Excavating who contributed time to the project.
Greg McCall and his wife, Erin, first fell in love with the Homes for Hope program when they traveled to the Dominican Republic in November 2013. There they met other builders and, most importantly, the families who benefited from the builders’ contributions.
All proceeds from the sale of this home 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. Other services of the organization include health care, literacy training, community empowerment initiatives and more in 16 impoverished countries around the world.
Many of these impoverished communities have little to no access to traditional business financing. Without banks or credit unions, operating a business is a day-to-day cash in and cash out survival game.
A Hand Up Not a Handout
Instead of a handout, HOPE International gives a hand up. Recipients of the organization’s micro loans work hard to make repayments and start a new beginning for their families and communities. These micro loans average $34.01USD and are paid back 98% of the time proving that the original loans truly do help people serve their community through small business ventures.
Currently, HOPE’s programs reach over 900,000 entrepreneurs and their families thanks to the generous partnerships of companies like McCall Homes. Through the Homes for Hope builder program alone, over 2,850 families around the world have been served.
“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.”
This is the second home McCall Homes and their trade partners have built for HOPE International, whose mission is “Building locally to fight poverty globally”. Builders across the country have partnered with their local suppliers, trades, and other donors to build and sell Homes for Hope.
“At McCall Homes, we say we are community builders, we are here to build a place where lives will be changed; to do something more than just build a house. 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.
For more about McCall Homes’ Home for Hope story, See the video.
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