Please take a look and meet the
families and volunteers who built
these beautiful homes
ONE NEW HOME, TWO DAYS, NO WAY!
we'll take that challenge, click 'da video
A 16'x20' home costs: $10,000
(this cost may change)
this includes a furniture package which provides:
-a metal frame bunk bed
-kitchen table and chairs
-a propane stove with tank
-even a clock on the wall
Our teams stay in a renovated hotel across from the beach in Ensenada (really)
It doesn't take any previous experience to help build a home
You fly into San Diego and we drive a couple hours south along the Baja coast to Ensenada
The best fish tacos you have ever tasted are part of the package
The family makes a special lunch for the team
The cement pad for the house has been poured and all the tools, equipment and supplies are waiting at the site the morning we begin
How are the families chosen?
Each family is carefully screened against a set of requirements to
make sure the most needy families receive our help.
It's difficult to arrive at a family’s actual need using simple metrics, so Homes of Hope has a dedicated staff who oversee an application process for everyone. Families apply in person. Homes of Hope will visit their home to asses their situation, and investigate the validity of their claims. Then a committee meets, and based on prayer and the recommendations from the field staff, select the families for whom we will build.
How long does it take to build a home?
Each home is built in two full working days or a total of 16 hours. It takes approximately 15 people to build a house. Family teams with children 14 and under can be larger going up to 25 people.
Change a family. Change a community.
Change the world.
We have built 19 homes in two countries with Olivia's Basket and Homes of Hope.
Each home holds a special meaning to us. Hundreds of volunteers from 8 to 82 years old have helped us along the way traveling from Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and
all over the United States.
This doesn't happen without a really good organization to work with.
We build primarily through Homes of Hope, an organization we were affiliated with years before Olivias accident. Homes of Hope has been building in the Baja area of Mexico for almost 20 years and have completed over 3000 houses. Rather than try to tell it all to you here, get a detailed explanation of who Homes of Hope is and why they do what they do. It is truly inspiring.
we like to answer questions
Land: The families we build for must have rights to their land; whether that means they own it, or are making payments.
Children: The family has children under the age of 18. Typically families have 3 or more children, however exceptions are made depending on the level of hardship discovered.
Income: Families who would not otherwise have means to build a home, and as such, make less than $100 US
Living Conditions: Families who have an immediate need for shelter are given the highest preference.
Special Circumstances: Families who may not meet all of the above criteria may still qualify due to special circumstances. A family with a higher level of income, for example, may still qualify, if one of the family members had a chronic medical condition that made the situation more difficult.