Homes of Living Hope will meet the needs of the international third world by engaging and uniting volunteer community groups in North America. These community groups sponsor "repurposing" recycled seaboard shipping containers to serve the fundamental needs of the world's poor. This all-volunteer effort strengthens and unites communities at home and serves those whom they will probably never meet.
While in the West African nation of Liberia in 2004, Scott Kalevik, witnessed the impoverished lives of people living without the most basic of necessities: things like shelter, medical care, education, and sanitary living conditions. Upon returning from his trip, Scott was feeling desperate to find a way to help. By teaming up with friend Bart Wear, the partners 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. Homes of Living Hope (HoLH) was established on July 6th, 2006 as a section 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation to coordinate the activities, which relate to community organizations (schools, service groups and churches) in finishing out and filling recycled shipping containers into facilities for use as humanitarian aid structures. The premise of Homes of Living Hope is simple; ship the expertise, resources and willingness of volunteers in the North America with ready-made buildings constructed inside of shipping containers to communities in need.
"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
"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