Pathways out of Poverty Exhibit

24 June 2014

Pathways out of PovertyWe spend so much time helping and reaching out to the needy, but can we ever fully understand what they are going through? By making a visit to the Pathways out of Poverty exhibit, you can begin to understand a little bit better. Pathways out of Poverty is an outreach of HOPE International located in Lancaster, PA. The exhibit was inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, and asks visitors to consider, “Who is my neighbor?”

Guests of the exhibit will be taken on a thirty minute multi-sensory journey across the world. Gripping audio and visuals work to paint pictures of eight neighbors’ lives in struggling countries. You will be transported to a different world – one where others face challenges like finding clean water and obtaining sufficient healthcare on a daily basis. At the end of the exhibit, you will have witnessed firsthand the perseverance and innovation these people have used in fighting their way out of poverty. (more…)

Rise Up Against Poverty with HOPE Rising

20 June 2014

HOPE Rising“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10

At HOPE International, we encourage you to spend yourself on bettering the lives of our clients. Through HOPE’s advocacy program, HOPE Rising, you will be invited to spend your time, talents and passions on behalf of those less fortunate. Through networking, planning or fundraising, volunteers will work to raise money and awareness for HOPE’s mission – “To invest in the dreams of the poor as we proclaim and live in the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities.” (more…)

Homes for Hope are Hot on the Market

18 June 2014

Providence Homes for HopeCongratulations to Jacksonville builder, Providence Homes, on selling their latest Homes for Hope home after only one week of listing! The Florida home builder has prided themselves on being “Jacksonville’s Hometown Builder” since it began business in1992. Since then, Providence Homes has built four Homes for Hope homes in Jacksonville and has risen over $300,000 for HOPE International.

Providence Homes blew us away with their 2014 home. Featuring their new Juniper plan, the home includes 2,287 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage. The home also includes ceramic tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and is Energy Star Certified. Priced on the market at $275,525, it is no surprise that this Ponte Verde home went so quickly! (more…)

Ribbon Cutting in the Golden State

16 June 2014

Throughout the past seven months, Homes for Hope has had the honor and excitement of expanding into a new state. California home builder Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes broke ground on their first Home for Hope in the Golden State this past November, and they finished construction in April. Located in the Harlan Ranch area, this Home for Hope is expected to generate $100,000 to fun micro-loans to aspiring entrepreneurs in the developing world.

A ribbon cutting and commissioning ceremony took place in April. The home has already sold to a local family who is thrilled to be contributing to the HOPE International organization. As one of the first families to buy in the community, the buyers explained that this particular lot stood out to them because a percentage of the selling price would go to help those in need. (more…)

The Right Approach

13 June 2014

HOPE InternationalRecently, HOPE International shared a link on Facebook to a great article in RELEVANT Magazine. The article’s eye opening message is about how as Christians we feel the need to serve God through serving the poor. The author then proposes the idea that our perceptions of the poor might be outdated, which I found very though provoking.

The article, “The Wrong Way to Approach the Poor,” makes an interesting parallel that we perceive the poor as a “specimen” or a “project.” In order to gain a relationship, we need to replace pity with friendship and prayers. It also states that we should rid ourselves of our “Savior Complexes,” for there is only room for one savior, Jesus Christ, and we are merely his servants. (more…)

Spotlight On: Working With Peter Greer

29 May 2014

HOPE InternationalIn my time spent developing HOPE International, I have had the opportunity to interact with many wonderful leaders. One leader in particular who has made an impact on me and the organization is Peter Greer, HOPE’s current president and CEO.

Peter Greer joined the company in 2004, after attending Harvard University where he focused a research project on HOPE International’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before attending the prestigious university, Greer worked in microfinance with World Relief, served as a technical advisor for CARE Zimbabwe and managed URWEGO Community Bank in Rwanda. (more…)

The Homes for Hope Builder Summit: A Success Story

22 May 2014

Homes for Hope Builder SummitOn Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16, Homes for Hope proudly hosted its first annual Builder Summit. The conference was held in Lancaster, PA and brought together builders from across the country to unite over a common passion – building locally to end poverty globally. The summit was a great success and a lot of fun for all who attended.

We were very pleased with the turnout of the inaugural event, with out of town attendees from states across the country including California, Montana, North Dakota, Florida, Texas and South Carolina. For those who could not physically be there, an equally large number attended via video conference. The event was facilitated by two of the most influential home builder consultants in America, Mr. Bob Schultz and Mr. Scott Sedam. (more…)

Groundbreaking News for Homes for Hope

19 May 2014

History Maker Homes GroundbreakingWe have quite literally been hit with some groundbreaking news in the Homes for Hope world! Last month, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start of the first Hope home being built by History Maker Homes, a Dallas, Texas home builder. The home is expected to help lift thousands of people out of poverty upon completion.

To be more specific, History Maker’s Hope home is expected to raise $100,000 to provide small loans and business training for aspiring entrepreneurs in poor, developing countries such as Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Inaugural Homes for Hope Builder Summit

15 May 2014

Builder SummitExciting things are happening for Homes for Hope this Thursday and Friday! Thursday, May 15, 2014, marks the start of the 2014 Homes for Hope Builder Summit. Builders from all over the country are getting together for the first time to unite over building locally to end poverty globally. This is the event’s inaugural year, and it will be hosted in Lancaster, PA.

The Builder Summit’s agenda begins Thursday at 8:15 a.m. with the HOPE International Stakeholder Summit. At this event, members of HOPE International’s leadership and international network will be shedding insight on the work of Christ-centered microenterprise development, elaborating on past successes and gained knowledge from serving their clients. Continuing Thursday at 6 p.m. is the Celebrate HOPE Dinner, which you can read more about here. (more…)

On This Week’s Menu: The Celebrate HOPE Annual Dinner

14 May 2014

Celebrate HOPEThe time has almost come for us to celebrate HOPE International and its wonderful supporters. This Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m., is the Celebrate HOPE Annual Dinner at the Lancaster Convention Center. The evening will consist of dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction where bidders will have the opportunity to purchase items from across the world. The evening will be highlighted by a few special words from HOPE’s President and CEO, Peter Greer.

Sponsorships for the Celebrate HOPE Annual Dinner are available for those who are interested. By choosing to sponsor this Thursday’s dinner, you are directly helping HOPE International remain an innovator in microenterprise development as it pursues its fight against spiritual and physical poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services and small loans. (more…)

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