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North Dakota Builder First in State to Team Up With Homes for Hope

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Arthur Goldammer, Owner, RedDoor Homes, Bismarck Arthur Goldammer, Owner, RedDoor Homes, Bismarck
Future Homes for Hope House, Eagle Crest, Bismarck Future Homes for Hope House, Eagle Crest, Bismarck

 

A local homebuilder is moved by a message of offering a hand-up -- not a hand-out -- and decides to do something about it.

  "She was on the side of the road cooking chicken, if you can imagine.  She was living off of about $5 a day.  That was their family income, says Jack Nulty, Executive Director, Homes for Hope.

Bismarck homebuilder, Arthur Goldammer doesn't know their names, but he's about to help hundreds in a faraway place.

"Then when it was all sold, she would take the profits from that, go into another village, purchase another one, come back, set back up and cook that chicken and she would repeat that process several times throughout the day," says Nulty.
 
Goldammer, Owner of RedDoor Homes, is partnering up to build and sell a house -- then give the net profits away.  "When I saw this 'hand up' opportunity, it just was just something I knew we had to do."

The "it" he's talking about is Homes for Hope.  The non-profit uses microfinance loans to help people around the world begin to pull themselves up out of poverty.  "Time passes and now she's selling a hundred pounds of chicken a day and she employs several people in her restaurant," says Nulty.

It all started with a $200 loan.  "We'll probably help about a thousand families with this Home for Hope that he's building.  And this is the first Home for Hope ever built in this state," says Nulty.  "Our trade partners have been amazing.  We're getting more help than we can even ask for.  For example, we have four siding companies that are going to help out, so each sider can do part of the house and everybody can work together and get it done," says Nulty.

The Bismark home will be sold at -- not above -- market price.  "So whoever buys that house knows they're getting a great house in a great school district at a fair price with a great company to stand behind it and great trade partners to do the warranty and they're helping a lot of people," says Goldammer.

Homes for Hope notes over three billion people live on less than two dollars per day, and typically, have no way out.  In all of North Dakota, "Art's just the guy who's decided to do something about it."

Groundbreaking on the Bismarck Homes for Hope house is set for September 9th.

 

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