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Maddie Stuhlreyer
Women's Basketball
December 19, 2018

Homes of Hope is an organization that started in 1990 that helps volunteers help those in need by building a “Home of Hope”. They have three main locations in San Diego/Baja Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, but they have built homes in over 21 different countries. Homes of Hope finds families in need of a new home and volunteers, along with Homes of Hope building staff head to the family’s property and they build a house in two days that provides security they didn’t have before. Volunteers can also choose to donate electricity, furniture, appliances, and food as well.

My dad is a member of a group called YPO and we went on the trip with other members and their families.

I had never done anything like this before so that’s a big reason why my family signed up. I’m really glad we did because it was such a great experience. We were building in Mexico so the family and their neighbors only spoke Spanish. My family and I had limited Spanish skills but I really enjoyed getting to know the family and neighbors. The coolest part was how much the family and the neighbors helped on the build. Everyone worked extremely hard and it was cool to see two groups of people who had never met and don’t speak the same language work together so well. 

The build process was great too, because there was a head builder who explained everything we needed to do but we were able to work on our own. It wasn’t over-supervised. Everyone had a specific job and ended up getting really good at it. It was a very efficient system. 

At the end of the first day, we had the roof on the house but there was still lots to do the next day so we packed all of our tools and building materials into the empty house overnight. When we arrived back at the sight the next morning at 7:30am, the family and neighbors had completely emptied the house and got everything ready for the day. That was just so cool to me that they were so excited and willing to do as much as possible to help.

I will definitely be doing another one of those trips as soon as possible. I really enjoyed getting to work side by side with the family and get to know them and their story.