What if you could really make a difference in someone else’s life without the risk and expense of travel? What if, instead of just writing a check, you could actually work on a project that would provide long-term help to those in need without ever leaving your hometown?
Those were some of the questions running through Founder Scott Kalevik’s mind after returning from a trip to the West African nation of Liberia in 2004. While in Liberia, Scott witnessed the impoverished lives of people living without the most basic of necessities: things like shelter, medical care, education, and sanitary living conditions. Orphaned and abandoned children were living in impoverished orphanages, each day consumed with the task of survival.
Upon returning from his trip, Scott was feeling desperate to find a way to help. With the help of co-founders Bart Wear and Jack Heimbichner, they developed a simple yet effective idea that allows people who live in relative abundance to help those who live with almost nothing: Homes of Living Hope. The premise of Homes of Living Hope is simple; ship the expertise, resources and willingness of volunteers in the United States with ready-made buildings constructed inside of shipping containers.
Homes of Living Hope provides the framework for converting used shipping containers into functioning facilities such as clinics, schools and housing. We partner with volunteer groups throughout the country to build these facilities locally and ship completed facilities to partnering aid groups in communities throughout the world. Homes Of Living Hope works with our overseas partners on site selection and shipping regulations to ensure smooth delivery and installation.
A school, church, company, or community of people come together with the desire to help others.
A recycled shipping container is delivered to your site in a highly visible location to draw attention and encourage participation.
With the guidance and support of Homes of Living Hope, the sponsor and team decides what type of clinic to build out and where to send it.
Volunteers gather together over a few days or several weeks to hammer, paint, and convert an old shipping container into a usable space.
When complete, each shipping container is filled with humanitarian aid and supplies that suit the intended recipient and facility type before shipment.
Upon arrival, recipients move the container to its final destination, cut out doors and windows, and make final touches in preparing facilities to serve the community.