For many years, Keystone Custom Homes has been involved with the organization HOPE International. The organization was started by Keystone’s founder Jeff Rutt, and is a network of microfinance institutions as well as savings and credit associations around the world. HOPE works to empower men, women and families to break the cycle of poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services and small loans. Keystone is primarily involved in HOPE International’s Homes for HOPE program.
Operating out of nine states throughout the country, Homes for HOPE began as a program of HOPE International 15 years ago. With the help of Keystone’s trade partners, Homes for HOPE has been able to provide homes on a largely pro bono basis. Since 1999, Homes for HOPE has raised over 10 million dollars towards fighting global poverty through HOPE International.
When it comes time to build a Home for HOPE, a builder typically donates the costs of the lot as well as their profit and overhead. By choosing to get involved with Homes for HOPE, builders can help address poverty by doing what they do best. Involvement also increases the local building industry’s philanthropic reputation by involvement in such a high-impact project.
Currently, all proceeds from Homes for HOPE and HOPE International go to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest places on earth including Haiti, Rwanda, Central Asia, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
To learn more about HOPE International and Homes for HOPE, visit their websites at www.hopeinternational.org and www.homes4hope.org.
To find out more about our 44 communities, including Berks County homes, call Barb DiBrito at 717-368-9831.