At HHHunt, our vision is to improve the world and how people live. In keeping with that vision, we were honored to complete construction on the first Homes for Hope house in Virginia which we dedicated at a special ceremony in Chesterfield County on August 11, 2015. Thanks to the tremendous support and generosity of our team, along with our community and trade partners, we raised $130,000 for Homes for Hope. This donation will change the lives of thousands of people around the world by benefiting hundreds of families immediately and helping up to 2,500 families over a six month period!
Homes for Hope is a charitable nonprofit organization that operates within the building industry. It works with builders and their trade partners and stakeholders to build a Home for Hope, known as a benefit home, on a largely pro bono basis. The home generates revenue to help eradicate poverty in developing countries worldwide. By partnering with Hope International, the proceeds from our home sale become microfinance loans that help men and women in developing nations create jobs for themselves and others in their community. Hope International’s network provides a variety of services and resources, including business training, savings services and small loans to people living in poverty in 17 countries around the world.
Since Homes for Hope began in 1998, over 100 homes have been built, generating over $10 million in revenue and leading to tens of thousands of loans issued by Hope International or like-minded organizations to enable families to break the cycle of poverty by helping them start or strengthen their own businesses. For example, a $100 loan for a bicycle starts a messenger service. A $300 loan for a sewing machine starts a clothing repair business. The sale of our Homes for Hope house, which was purchased before construction began in May, could generate up to 1,000 loans.
Dan Schmitt, President and COO of HHHunt, visited the Dominican Republic and experienced first-hand the impact that these loans can have on the lives of so many people. He was inspired by the incredible work of Homes for Hope and Hope International and realized immediately how HHHunt’s vision of improving the world and how people live mirrored that of Homes for Hope. A partnership was born, a home was built and lives are being positively impacted around the world.
In addition to HHHunt, 45 of our community and trade partners who share our vision donated time, money, materials, goods and services to make this Homes for Hope house a reality. Their generosity will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who benefit from the sale of this special home. Thanks to American Applicators, Americana, Associated Materials, Builders Insulation, Capital Granite, Capital Lighting, Colonial Trimcrafters, Connec, CR Phillips Electrical, Creative Enterprise, Custom Ornamental Iron, Garlitz Concrete, Gerber, Goodman, Hanover Roofing, iStar, Justin Noblin, Kempsville Building, Lamar, Luck Stone, Mannington, Moen, Nancy Kelly (HHHunt Homes), New Home Media, Northeast E and I, Oakes Heating and AC, Old Dominion Cabinet Co., Old Dominion Flooring, Plumbright Plumbing, Progress Lighting, Richmond Decorating, Richmond Masonry, RichPro Pest Management, Rinnai, S&D Services, Schlage, Sears, Shaw, Sherwin Williams, Stock Building Supplies, TAMKO, Wells Fargo, Wingate, Wright Contracting and Youngblood -Tyler and Associates.
Buck Hunt, Vice Chairman and CEO of HHHunt, acknowledged that this partnership with Homes for Hope is yet another way that HHHunt is dedicated to fulfilling its vision. We will continue to look for new ways to create meaningful experiences and places of great distinction. Because at HHHunt, it’s how you live that matters.
You can view HHHunt’s Homes for Hope partnership video here.