Homes for Hope began as a program of HOPE International in early 1999, when HOPE’s founder, Jeff Rutt, was searching for ways to support HOPE International as it expanded to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest places on earth, now including countries such as Haiti, Rwanda, Central Asia, Ukraine, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Because he was a homebuilder by trade (founder of Keystone Custom Homes), Jeff approached his trade partners—the subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants who helped him build homes—and asked them if they would help him generate revenue for HOPE International’s mission by doing what they all did best…building a home. These Keystone trade partners, under Jeff’s leadership, established the Homes for HOPE program.
Since that time Homes for HOPE has developed into a separate 501(c)(3) organization and has raised over $10,000,000 in support of HOPE International’s microenterprise work around the world.
Homes for Hope currently operates in nine states across the country, typically in affiliation with a local homebuilding association in each area a Home for HOPE is built.learn more about homes for hope