There are endless reasons to become involved in a Homes of Living Hope project. With small inputs from your group, whether a church, school, or community volunteer group, a huge impact can be made in the lives of others. Our container transformation projects are excellent team-building exercises. Build-outs offer opportunities for your volunteer group to socially engage through hands-on participation. All that is required of sponsors is the desire to make a difference for others. Homes of Living Hope will provide you with the resources necessary to create a life-giving facility for communities in need all over the world. Small efforts combine to produce amazing outcomes!
Sponsor a Project
Where Do I Start?
Step 1: Goals
Consider the wants and needs of both donors and recipients. Factor in practical, spiritual, and financial benefits for everyone involved.
Step 4: Location
Establish a construction site in your own backyard, at a business, church, or other facility.
Step 2: Timing
Plan when you want to start and finish the project. Build in some flexibility as needed.
Step 5: Finances
Determine funding goals and how they will be met, with sustainability as the ultimate aim.
What other sponsors say
The idea of doing something more important, something more permanent, that allowed the students to have a purpose and know that it wasn’t going to get torn down for the next period to try again.
Leonard Herman, Supervisor of Fine and Practical Arts for Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Not everybody is into over seas missions, but this, this gets more people hands-on and involved over seas. Even if you don’t go, there’s people that feel that they are apart of it.
Galen Huck, Pastor at Cheyenne Hills Church
Frequently Asked Questions
How many volunteers are needed to convert shipping containers?
Homes of Living Hope seeks to facilitate hands-on service activities for volunteers, that not only offer the opportunity give back to the local and international community, but also allow volunteers to learn and develop social bonds along the way. Some projects have involved as few as 10 to 15 dedicated individuals while others as many as 600, including participants from large high schools and even a correctional service facility. Schools, churches, community groups, businesses and their staff as well as non-affiliated individuals, are typically all part of a HoLH project.
What skill sets are needed to convert shipping containers?
The facility is ready for its operations upon arrival in its recipient country. It is therefore not necessary that any of the remodeling work be done by certified tradesmen at the recipient site. It is strongly encouraged, however, that there is at least one person on the team that is familiar with general construction and interpretation of provided blue prints.
How much space should be allotted on our property in order to accommodate the containers?
The space required for a container is equivalent to five parking spaces for each 40-foot container. Each additional 20-foot container would require the equivalent of two to three more parking spaces. Ideally, containers are placed in highly visible locations to promote community interest and interaction. Attention drawn to the project will help to engage more individuals in the project.
Where do the containers go once they are shipped, and who determines the final destination
Homes of Living Hope has a list of potential recipients in foreign countries whose vision for a new facility is ready to be adopted. Potential project donors can evaluate any number of these potential recipients to determine a best fit for the donor’s overall goals. If a potential project donor is already involved with a specific potential recipient that may benefit from the donation project, we believe you should consider that as your first option. Homes of Living Hope looks forward to partnering with you in that exploration process and will provide you with information to help with your evaluation.
Who buys the containers and where are they purchased?
Shipping containers are readily available across the country from either transport or mobile storage companies. Homes of Living Hope will provide you with specific guidelines in buying the container from a local supplier in order to meet shipment criteria. We will be glad to connect and help make the necessary arrangements with shipment centers in your local area. Should you not feel comfortable with the purchase, or not able to find a local provider, we will gladly assist with the purchase.
Who handles the import and export logistics?
Homes of Living Hope manages transportation logistics for completed facilities, and will provide specific guidelines for supporting roles of both donor and recipient partners.
What do we need to get the project started?
See above for the six steps in getting started.
How much does a container conversion project cost?
Our container conversion projects are based on the “stone soup concept”. If you are unfamiliar with this old fable, it basically means that everyone contributes something small – time, talent, or treasures – to make something great to complete the project.
There are three important factors that determine the cost scope of the project: facility floor plan, donor and recipient location (ocean and land transportation), and participation goals (volunteers vs. paid contractors).
How long does it take to complete a project?
Although shipping containers can be transformed in a short period of time, the goal is to bring people together, engaging entire families, classrooms, employees and other groups of individuals in several hands-on projects. Pacing the process will ultimately help build community and general excitement while converting the container. Ideally, the conversion time frame should take 4-6 weeks of planning, 3-4 months of construction at the donor site, 3-6 weeks for shipment (depending on destination variables), and 3-6 months to implement with services at its recipient destination.
Can we use the Homes of Living Hope logo and other materials or information to promote events or our project?
All works on this site, including written materials, artwork, graphics, photographs, sound recordings, and video (collectively the “Copyrighted Materials”), are copyrighted by Homes of Living Hope. All rights are reserved. Users are permitted and encouraged to download, reproduce, and distribute the copyrighted materials to inform others about their Homes of Living Hope project and the work of Homes of Living Hope in general. Provided however that the copyrighted materials are not altered in any way, are reproduced in their entirety and no fee beyond the actual cost of reproduction is charged.
It is prohibited to use any copyrighted materials to promote a project that Homes of Living Hope is not a partner to or have written knowledge of.