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"What My Home Means to Me" by Rebecca, age 10

What My Home Means to Me by Rebecca, age 10...

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The Power of Presence: Homes of Hope Housing Client Wins "Father of the Year"

In honor of Father's Day we want to congratulate our housing client, Samuel, on receiving the "2015 Father of the Year" Award from the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition. ...

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Homes of Hope Earns Statewide Recognition for LoCAL Housing

Homes of Hope receives Palmetto Housing Achievement Award for LoCAL Housing....

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LoCAL Housing Anniversary-- Greenville's affordable housing answer

It's the two year anniversary of the unveiling of LoCAL Housing, Homes of Hope's innovative housing solution for families in poverty....

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My prayers to take care of my child have been answered.

A year ago Sam & his son were sleeping in their car. Today they have a new home and restored hope through their new LoCAL home. ...

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How You Can Help Families in Poverty

Homes of Hope is innovatively addressing issues of poverty, workforce development, and affordable housing and you can be a part of it-- read on to see how lives are being changed through LoCAL Housing. ...

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Men Overcoming Addictions Pair with Resurgent Capital Services to Build LoCAL Homes

On August 9th Homes of Hope celebrated our second corporate build with Greenville-based company, Resurgent Capital Services. Resurgent employees have been diligently joining our Men’s Development interns on the job site each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for several weeks to complete two LoCAL homes side by side on Joe Louis Street in West Greenville. The end result...

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Solving Three Problems with One Solution

LoCAL Housing is our new initiative to tackle three pressing problems affecting poverty level families....

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LoCAL Housing Complete! Finally, new housing options for poverty-level families.

“Building these homes is a sign of completion for me. Now I can give back to society instead of taking from it for so long.” - Brad Berry, Homes of Hope Men’s Development Intern This past week Homes of Hope rejoiced to celebrate another milestone in our fourteen-year history of developing affordable housing in Upstate South Carolina. After two years of ...

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New Partnership, New Homes for Families in Poverty

Country-wide there are numerous efforts to improve and increase the availability of affordable housing for our nation’s families in need. We have been privileged to play our part in this movement for the past fourteen years in Upstate South Carolina. As we approach the completion of our 400th home later this year we are thrilled to know that the number of homes we pr...

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Not Just Bricks and Mortar: 388 Affordable Homes

A Word From Our CEO: With the completion of our Fant Street development in Anderson, SC, and our Lora Lake development in Berea, we have now completed our 388th home. With 30 more currently in the works, we will surpass house #400 very soon. We feel greatly privileged to be the Lord’s hands and feet in achieving this number—but we are all reminded that the br...

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Today It's Not the Same; It's better.

Hi, my name is Steve. I’ve been on drugs in one form or another most my life. Just before I came to Homes of Hope I smoked marijuana and crystal meth. I was a real mess- I had just come off of a meth binge that lasted 3 or 4 months. Prior to that I had saved up more money than I’ve ever had my life and blew it all on drugs. I went from 170 pounds down do 110 po...

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LoCAL Housing: The Launch!

It’s official… LoCAL Housing has launched! The program many years in the making was recently unveiled to nearly 100 influential community members through a virtual groundbreaking held at Zen in Dowtown Greenville. Much research and exploration of construction and funding logistics prepped us to know just how exciting LoCAL Housing would be for the Upstate comm...

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LoCAL Housing: What is it?

In a recent blog we discussed the vision for our newest housing venture, LoCAL. LoCAL Housing is our highly innovative solution to three persistent problems plaguing poverty-level families in the Upstate. What are the Problems? 1. No asset-building opportunities for poverty level families 2. High energy costs for poverty level families 3. Insufficient employment opport...

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LoCAL Housing: The Vision

Everyone loves a good redemption story. We love to see the under-dog win supreme and beat the odds. We glory in stories of people banding together for a common good, to root out evil, to achieve the thing that seemed impossible. These are the stories that make headlines and sell out box offices. What if we told you we know the Director who writes the best stories and is f...

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Home-ownership Opportunities in Taylors, SC

Our affordable homes in Taylors are part of our partnership development with Habitat for Humanity. These homes are part of the first mixed-income development in Greenville County. Check them out: http://www.eddykicker.com/idx/residential/1235175/details.html http://www.eddykicker.com/idx/residential/1235179/details.html 209 Kara Court Dedication ceremony with Habitat ...

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The Most Intelligent Question

Remember when you were little and stickers were currency and you got excited about things like a gold star on a chart? Those were the days when our confidence grew as we were rewarded for sharing, for expressing our interests, and for following the Golden Rule. As most of us know, those small lessons can reap real-life dividends as we translate what we learned in elemen...

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Callin' ALL artists! Birdhouse Masterpieces Await...

Homes of Hope is callin’ all artists! Can you take something usual and turn it into something spectacular? Do you like a challenge? Do you have a special affinity for birdhouses? From this to THIS! ———————————————————————&mdas...

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Revolutionizing our Communities through Financial Focus

New Years resolutions are a popular January discussion. Not surprisingly, the beginning of a new year is seen as a fresh start; it’s a chance to set goals (and stick to them!) At Homes of Hope we see value in setting goals. We set big picture goals for our ministry as a whole, as well as goals for each individual office. We evaluate our past accomplishments, while ta...

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Barking up a new tree: Carpentry training for Homes of Hope interns

In a recent post we shared about the increased job training that the interns in our program for men overcoming addictions are receiving at Homes of Hope. They are in a time of focused training for various construction-related skills as we prepare to launch LoCAL Housing, which will be built in part by our men. Currently our interns are learning carpentry skills as they co...

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Freely Received, Freely Given: Boxes of Love at Homes of Hope

As we prepare to sit down at our Thanksgiving meals, may we consider the many in our city who struggle to make it at this time of year. To address the issue of hunger and poverty this holiday season, we had the opportunity to participate in something new. Partnering with Greenville Connect‘s ‘Boxes of Love’ ministry, Homes of Hope had the special privileg...

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Partners for a Pergola: Enhancing community at Aleda Terrace

At Homes of Hope we understand that building community requires much more than building new homes. True community is characterized by sharing & fellowship. Joyful moments abound when we see our families exhibiting genuine community. It’s seen through front porch visits and looking out for one’s neighbor; it’s through residents uniting for a common cau...

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In case you ever needed a reason to golf... We've got one!

Golfers will tell you that there’s never a bad excuse for a day of golf. A sunny day, a rainy day, the fact that it’s Saturday, the fact that it’s a day ending in “y”, are all counted among logical reasons to grab the clubs. On October 25th, Homes of Hope added another reason to hit the links- our 7th Annual Golf Classic at The Cliffs at Keowe...

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As Autumn Approaches at Chicora Crest...

As Fall crisply announces its arrival in Greenville we’ve begun to experience the inevitable change in weather and foliage. For some it is a welcomed arrival, for others Summer can’t last long enough. Before the beautiful flowers of Spring and Summer fade we wanted to capture the gardens of some of our residents at Chicora Crest, our development in the Haynie-S...

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Under Construction: Affordable Homes for Seniors in West Greenville

“I’m 63 years old and I didn’t think I’d have a place this nice again. I thought I’d have to live in some senior place, so this is real break for me and it has been a blessing.” – HOH Tenant, Donna Neeley Stories like this from our renter, Miss Neeley, make us proud to provide housing that is both quality-made and can be consider...

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What's New? Maximizing Job Training for Men Overcoming Addictions

There are a lot of changes happening at Homes of Hope and today’s blog is about one we are particularly excited about. Since our beginning, we have welcomed 272 men into a yearlong residential job training and mentoring internship as they seek the opportunity to move past addiction and into sustainable life change. In the process they have been discipled by our Men&r...

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Resurgent Ribbon Cutting: 2 New Affordable Homes in West Greenville

After 9 weeks of an exciting, first-time build with Resurgent Capital Services, we are proud to display the completed homes located in West Greenville. Check out some photos from our recent Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Also meet our new tenant Obbra and her daughters! Resurgent Capital Services went above and beyond by donating a washer & dryer, school supplies, and a ...

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A Band of Brothers

“How good and pleasant it iswhen brothers live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 Once a year the men in our job training and mentoring program retreat from the day to day at Homes of Hope to spend some strategic, focused time enjoying God and one another at the annual “Wild at Heart Retreat.” Based on the book of the same title by John Eldredge, whi...

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My Focus is Tuned In: Words of Transformation

During our 13 years, Homes of Hope has had the unique opportunity to welcome 272 men overcoming drug and alcohol addictions into our one-year Men’s Development Program. These men have been taught life, leadership, and construction-related job skills, as well as Bible-based instruction. Our goal is to see each man leave fully equipped to walk in freedom from addiction...

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Demolition Week with Youth from Chicago’s Mercy Home

This double-wide had to go! Thankfully we had 11 strong & energetic volunteers from Chicago’s Mercy Home to help us out! Before: We were unable to use this old double-wide and needed to dispose of it A few times a year we have the unique privilege to host groups from various Universities and organizations who desire to spend a week volunteering with us. Last we...

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What Can Happen in 6 Weeks: 2 New, Affordable Homes

Six weeks ago Homes of Hope embarked on a journey with Resurgent Capital Services to build two homes in the West Greenville neighborhood on Gower Street. Throughout the course of that time over 200 employees of Resurgent had a hand in every aspect of construction. Friday, August 4th, we celebrated the last day of construction! Our entire staff, men’s program, & o...

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Girl Power! Resurgent Ladies out to Paint!

Our first ever volunteer build with Resurgent Capital Services has been a lot of things! It has been an innovative partnership full of of fun, new friendships, and hard work! However, the most inspirational part of this 6-week experience has been the willingness of Resurgent employees to get involved. Over 100 different employees have had a part in the construction of thes...

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Not Just in Greenville! Homes of Hope Expands Affordable Housing to Anderson, SC

Wow! What an honor it is to be invited by surrounding cities to build affordable housing in those communities. Housing that is safe, energy-efficient, and affordable is desperately needed and we are proud to be able to provide 5 new rental units for families at 50% of the Area Median Income in Anderson, SC. Take a look! These 2 bedroom, 1 bath homes will rent for $395/m...

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Blessed to Serve: Resurgent Build Continues

Sometimes in life we hear the stories of the less-fortunate and become so overwhelmed we wonder how we can possibly make a difference. In those times we can shrink back, helpless to make an impact, or we can make a decision to affect our circles of influence in the best way we know how. Little by little we can affect the world around us as we realize that the little things...

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Our Heart Goes out to Bike & Build and the Family of Christina Genco

A week after Bike & Build left us to continue on their cross-country trip, route leader Christina Genco was struck and killed while riding in Alabama. We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to Christina’s family and the Bike & Build SC to Santa Cruz team. We are so appreciative of her willingness to ride & give her time for a cause that is near & ...

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Can't get on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? Call Us!

In a recent blog post we discussed our Owner Occupied Repair program and our ability to perform emergency home repairs for homeowners in need. It’s truly an amazing program which has allowed us to help families obtain handicap accessible ramps, heating and air systems, adequate roofs, etc. However, thanks to today’s phone call from an interested family we are a...

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Resurging Forward! Affordable Housing by Volunteers.

On June 9th Homes of Hope launched an innovative partnership with Resurgent Capital Services which will result in the construction of two single family homes on Gower Street in West Greenville. Each Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, Resurgent employees have graciously donated their time and efforts while working alongside the planning and leadership of Quinn Satterfield Bu...

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Tune in to hear Homes of Hope on Sports Radio!

ESPN fans: You can now hear Homes of Hope on ESPN 1440 in Greenville. Our very own Ted Cochran can be heard voicing new Public Service Announcements about our Men’s Development program! Because ESPN listeners are primarily male, the opportunity to gain support for our interns who are men overcoming drug and alcohol issues seemed like a perfect fit. What do you think...

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From Squalor to Safety: Affordable Housing Rehab Repairs

Perhaps a lesser-known element of our dedication to safe and affordable housing is our Owner  Occupied Repair (OOR) program. Grants enable us to provide up to $20,000 in emergency repairs to extremely low-income homeowners. These repairs come at no cost to the family as long as they, or their immediate family, remain owners of the home for twenty years. For familie...

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They Pedaled, they Perspired, they Painted!

Greenville had one of its hottest days of the season this last Tuesday but that didn’t phase our 33 volunteers from the cross-country cycling trip, Bike & Build. With enthusiasm & energy, they joined us for a 12-house painting project in West Greenville. It mattered little that they had previously rode their bikes from Newberry, 70 miles away, the day before....

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Check out our Judson Bungalows!

Our newly completed Judson Bungalows are located on Anderson Road right across the street from our main office. It was exciting to watch them be constructed and now that they are completed, those who visit us have been asking “Are those Homes of Hope houses?” and we are proud to say, “Yes!” We have partnered with another Greenville agency which will...

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My Name is Gary and I'm Never Going Back

Last night we celebrated the Homes of Hope Graduation of our intern, Gary. Gary was one of the older men in our program and was known to be the “grumpy old man” with a heart of gold. An expert painter, he provided valuable mentorship to many of the other men in the program as they completed various painting projects on our housing. After a year with us, Gary ha...

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Cheers to a Great Night!

With over 500 people in attendance, our 2011 Hope House Dinner & Auction was our biggest yet! Due to the generous giving of many, we hit record fundraising numbers which will help us to continue our mission in affordable housing and men’s development. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters! To see more photos watch our short video!  ...

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"I Can't Create Breath"

As men graduate from Homes of Hope, we are able to welcome new men in their place. Recently, we have graduated three who will join the ranks of the 265 men we have helped thus far. In their place we welcome Frank, Joe, & Donald. These are three men with different stories, but with at least one thing in common: they've come to Homes of Hope serious about sobriety and eager ...

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Hope House Dinner & HOG Day... after this weekend we will need a long nap!

This upcoming weekend is quite possibly one of the busiest weekends of the year for Homes of Hope. We have two important events happening Friday evening and Saturday morning: The Hope House Dinner & Auction, and Hands on Greenville Day! At the first we get to dress up, eat well, & introduce hundreds of people to our ministry at our yearly fundraising dinner. At the...

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And the Oscar goes to…Video Premiere!

At our upcoming Hope House Dinner & Auction there will be lots of action! Included in the evening’s events will be the premiere of our 2011 Homes of Hope Video. We have spent the last two months compiling interviews from people in the Greenville community, as well as from Homes of Hope staff, tenants, and interns to produce a brief, but comprehensive look at our ...

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Hope Houses taking over!

The hallways of Homes of Hope are being taken over by miniature houses! It must mean it’s that time again: our Annual Hope House Dinner and Auction is on April 29th! The men in our intern program built these houses and local artists around Greenville have been beautifully decorating them to be auctioned off to benefit our ministry. I glance out my office door and I ...

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Who Am I? "I finally know my calling"...

In last week’s blog we shared about the challenging journey our interns experience as they start to shed the old clothes of past habits, mistakes, and mindsets and begin to embrace the new identity and new life that is available in Christ Jesus. We see that our men exist at very different stages in this process. Each is genuinely asking, “Who am I?” Our M...

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Who am I? Part 1

The morning starts early for the men in our intern program. They start each day at 6:45am as they drive in from where they live at Samaritan Village to gather together for a time of praise and worship and Biblical instruction by our men’s development staff before beginning that day’s construction and landscaping projects. Central to our mission in providing a s...

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Good News from West Greenville!

In a recent West Greenville Neighborhood meeting Homes of Hope’s Asset Development Manager, Denice, celebrated theattendance of 15 tenants from our community developments at Kingsview Point and Peridot. This attendance was higher than previous months and a noteworthy moment for staff because as we venture into neighborhoods like West Greenville and begin to revitaliz...

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Reelin' in a World-Class Partner

FLW Outdoors, the largest fishing tournament organization in the world, is coming to Greenville and has chosen Homes of Hope as the local organization where their professional anglers will be volunteering on March 23rd. Professional anglers will work alongside Homes of Hope program interns on affordable housing construction projects that day. All Homes of Hope interns are ...

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Solid Reflections via Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock students & Homes of Hope Another week is moving quickly into the weekend here and we can’t help but to reflect over the time we’ve shared with our “Care Break” volunteers from Slippery Rock University. Sixteen students and chaperones joined us from Pennsylvania to partner with our staff and the men in our year-long internship prog...

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