RECLAIMING HOPE | Hope is the starting point for Urban Homeworks, the force that brings together low-income families, young professionals, job skill trainees, and volunteers from all walks of life into an exchange that restores homes and creates a space for neighbors to engage.
I was 10 years old, riding in my father’s pick-up truck visiting job sites. My dad called it working with him for the day. I called it spending time with Dad. The sub-contractors were always ready with a whisker rub or a friendly taunt for the boss’s kid. There was always a mutual respect between my dad and those he worked with on a project. I am grateful for all that my father taught me at such a young age―both in construction and in how to treat others. In these later years, I have been moved to explore loving my neighbor on a deeper level.
I started to take action in 2010. It started with a short-term mission trip to Louisiana through my church. The jobs on the trip were post-hurricane construction projects, but the real purpose was all about relationships with those we were serving and my teammates. This experience took areas of my faith to another level, and I started to think creatively about how this could play out back home in my everyday life. Part of my everyday life is being the President of Hagstrom Builder. I knew that I somehow wanted to engage the business in a way that matched what I experienced on that first mission trip. Thus the inception of Share the 2x4s.
Since 2010, Peter has been bringing his mission home through “Share the 2x4s,” by committing 5% of all lumber sales to Urban Homeworks. To date, they have given close to $50,000 in financial donations—but, even more, they have donated labor, time, and a significant amount of building materials on-site. Bringing along sub-contractors, family and friends, the Hagstrom Builders has caught and inspired the vision of creating HOME not just for the families they call customers, but for the families in our neighborhoods.