Welcome to Builders of Hope
In northern Indiana Builders of Hope is bringing help and hope to low and income homeowners by putting volunteers to work repairing homes. Builders of Hope is a faith based not for profit committed to providing the entire community the opportunity to assist homeowners in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties who lack the means to make the needed repairs to their houses.
At Builders of Hope we work with any resident homeowner who qualifies financially, limited only by time, financial resources, and the volunteers to perform the work. In the past 6 years we have assisted more than 110 homeowners in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. Work has ranged from making interior repairs to building handicap accessible ramps to re-shingling roofs.
In 2015 we began working with 1st Source Bank and Lake City Bank sponsoring homeowners for Neighborhood Impact Program Grants funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. We were able to assist 15 homeowners with NIP grants in our first opportunity to work with NIP Grants.
In March, 2016, Jason Champaigne began serving as Executive Director for Builders of Hope. We have needed a full time director to serve the growing number of homeowners but lacked the funds to start up this position. A generous grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County is paying for the first year salary for this position. Jason's experience and commitment to serving the needs of low income homeowners will enable us to grow the number of homeowners we can assist.
2016 - Transforming neighborhoods
In 2016 Builders of Hope will make repairs/modifications to at least 50 homes in Elkhart and St. joseph Counties. At least 30 homeowners will gain assistance via property specific Neighborhood Impact Program and Accessibility Modification program grants that will enable us to use both paid contractors and volunteers to make necessary repairs. Work will include replacing roofs, windows, doors, doing exterior painting and vinyl siding, insulating, HVAC and water heaters, and making necessary modifications to accommodate limited mobility.
A number of the properties are located in the same neighborhoods, which provides the opportunity to bring together contractors, businesses and volunteers to help transform neighborhoods through repairing homes and providing other assistance to homeowners in need. Volunteers will be sought from churches, businesses, service clubs, schools, families and neighbors of the homeowners needing assitance.
In addition to the grant funded work, Builders of Hope will also complete work on at least 20 homes that do not qualify for grant assistance. That work will be done by use of donor funds.
Beginning in September, 2015, and running through February, 2016, Builders of Hope did a house makeover for a homeowner living on the east side of Elkhart. The homeowner is confined to a power chair by cerebral palsy and lives alone in his home. Joining with volunteers from Granger Community Church Elkhart Campus and using NIP Grant funds, a generous donation from a local business, and funds from Granger Community, we were able to replace the roof on the house and detached garage, enlarge the small bathroom to a bathroom suite that is fully handicap accessible, replace all entry doors, repaint the living area and replace the carpet in the house. Go to the Projects Page to see more about this work.
Please visit our Projects page to see highlights of some our past work assisting homeowners. While there you can also learn about opportunities for you to serve homeowners living in the quiet desperation of unmet needs.
At Builders of Hope we work with all volunteers, from the experienced craftsmen to the willing workers who just want to help in any way they can. If you or your group would like to help, just go to the Projects page, find a need that appeals to you and click on the "Apply" button. We'll ask you for some personal information and will be in touch with you about setting up a work day or days. We attempt to arrange our projects to fit the schedules of our volunteers. You will see the projects without specific dates unless volunteers have scheduled dates. Once you choose a project and set your dates we will list those dates. It's just that easy to be a part of bringing hope and joy to a homeowner who has been living in despair. We will provide the tools and supplies and the necessary supervision to get the job done. Or, you can volunteer the old fashioned way by calling us at 574-596-1541