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Oak Park Living Breaks Ground on First Home for Hope in Canada

Oak Park Living GroundbreakingI’m always humbled when other builders are willing to come alongside Homes for Hope and dedicate some of their time and talent to the organization. This time is no different.

We have another Home for Hope underway, this one in Winnepeg, Canada. Oak Park Living broke ground on their first Home for Hope last Friday at their Amber Trails community, and, personally, I couldn’t be more excited. Not only is HOPE International receiving support through this home, but people outside the direct community of HOPE International are partnering together to alleviate poverty with us. That kind of coming together speaks directly to how HOPE is seen in the Western world and to the impact it is making.

Every new Home for Hope provides someone struggling in poverty a chance to break the cycle and achieve their goals. So thank you, Oak Park Living, for helping alleviate poverty and bring economic development and growth to struggling communities around the world.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with how Homes for Hope works with HOPE International, I’ll give you the basics:

•    A builder agrees to work with Homes for Hope by dedicating all or part of the profit of a house they construct.
•    The builder contacts their trade partners with the idea and asks if they would like to participate and provide materials or labor at a reduced cost in order to maximize the donation amount.
•    Reduced costs increase profit, and the money is then donated to Homes for Hope, which in turn funds HOPE International to empower entrepreneurs in third-world countries and break the cycle of poverty.

Thank you again to Oak Park Living and all of our other Homes for Hope partners. We couldn’t do it without you.

You can find out more about Homes for Hope and HOPE International by visiting their websites and

Jeff Rutt