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In farming, you need three things: efficiency, perseverance and a positive attitude. Those are the same qualities you need to succeed in home building.

Age is Just a Number for Non-Profits

It’s hard to believe Homes for Hope turns 16 in just a couple of months. So many non-profits never make it this long. I love to look back and think of all the people we have helped.
With the help of our partners, we have built more than 90 homes and generated more than $11 million that organizations like HOPE International used to improve the lives of those stuck in poverty. As proud as I am of what we have done in less than two decades, I can’t imagine where we will be 100 years from now.

I love reading about organizations older than ours so I can see how they continue to be successful year after year. The Center for Families in Shreveport, La. recently celebrated 125 years of service to the community. That’s amazing. The agency has survived two World Wars, The Great Depression and more to continue serving those in need.

Over the years, The Center for Families has evolved from its beginnings as the Genevieve Orphanage into a mental health organization that helps more than 850 people each year. At one point the center offered day care and preschool services. Today, the organization serves a variety of people from ages three and up, an obvious nod to the center’s history with helping children.

Throughout its long history, the Center for Families has never stopped looking forward to find the best way to serve those in need. That’s an important lesson for every non-profit: never lose sight of your goal, and always be ready to adapt and evolve.

Homes for Hope is always looking at how we can do more to help those around the world break their cycle of poverty and become contributors to society. Every new home project is a different challenge, but we know that if we keep our eyes focused on our goal we can continue to make a difference.

Congratulations to Center for Families and may your next 125 years be just as successful!

Until next time,
Jeff Rutt