A Long-Distance Hand Up

Atlas Helps Fight Poverty Through Homes For Hope Project

Michael Calendrillo, Writer
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Conquering poverty may seem like an insurmountable task, but for one builder and his army of suppliers and subcontractors, bringing hope to the hopeless begins with using the skills they’ve gained while on the job.

Mark Nyblom, developer and owner of Rosewood Communities in South Carolina's Upstate region, believes passionately in the mission of Homes for Hope. He has partnered with the group on various Homes for Hope projects within his Greystone Cottages Community, a subdivision of Craftsman-style homes between Spartanburg and Greenville. 

Providing Hope, One Home At A Time

Homes for Hope is the building industry’s response to global poverty. When a project is designated as a Home for Hope, the home is built according to the contractor’s regular schedule, but the builder works closely with his or her trade partners — including subcontractors, suppliers and consultants — to donate as much of the cost of the home as they can, thus maximizing the home’s profit margin.

When the dwelling is complete, it is sold and the profits are donated to Homes for Hope to continue the fight against global poverty.

“The profit from a typical Rosewood Communities home helps over 1,000 families,” said Jack Nulty, executive director of Homes for Hope.

Answering The Call To Eliminate Poverty

Homes for Hope is part of Hope International, a faith-based organization working to eradicate poverty on a global scale by assisting individuals with training and financial services.

Established in 1998 by homebuilder Jeff Rutt as a way to help one Ukrainian community in need, Hope International began to grow as 12 initial loan recipients were able to start sustainable businesses, which in turn enabled them to provide for their families while paying back the funds with interest accrued.

Profits from the sale of each Home for Hope fund these loans. The maximized profits from the Greystone home resulted in an $80,000 donation to Hope International to fund new loans and help even more people.

The Work Of Good People

One contractor can’t complete a project of this magnitude alone, however. Each year, Rosewood Communities takes one specific home that is under construction and asks anyone involved, from contractors and installers to distributors and manufacturers, to donate time, money and/or building supplies to the cause.

Craig Perfect, president of Allcon Roofing, oversaw the progress of the project in Greer.

“Homes for Hope does outstanding work helping people around the world,” Perfect said. “Allcon is proud to participate in this program and be part of the fight against global poverty.”

The Allcon roofing crew successfully installed 45 squares of Atlas Pinnacle® Pristine architectural shingles in Pristine Weathered Shadow, as well as Pro-Cut® Hip and Ridge shingles, and Summit® 60  synthetic underlayment. A quality-control roofing technician inspected the entire installation.

State-Of-The-Art Materials

Pinnacle Pristine architectural shingles feature Scotchgard™ Protector to help resist the ugly black streaks caused by algae, which is common on more than 80 percent of U.S. roofs. With Atlas shingles and Scotchgard Protector, the new Rosewood home will resist black streaks and stains caused by algae and look good for years to come.

Roofing For A Better World

Homes for Hope and the contractors who work with this program are looking forward to building more new homes in the future and extending their efforts to help families around the world to pull themselves out of poverty.

“As a partner with Homes for Hope, Allcon is helping to give people a hand up,” Perfect said. “Roofing this house has been rewarding for all of us.”

For more information about Pinnacle Pristine or other Atlas shingles, visit the Atlas Roofing website. To learn about Rosewood Communities’ continued work with Homes for Hope, visit the Rosewood Communities website.