Dream Finders Homes Creates Unique Program Benefitting Two Non-Profits “Buy a Home Here, We’ll Build a Home There”

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Dream Finders partners with Habitat for Humanity and Bridges to Community to build a home abroad for a family in need when a buyer purchases a Dream Finders townhome in Longmont, CO.

The "after": A Bridges to Community house built in Masaya, Nicaragua.

Building a home for a family changes their lives and provides safety and a place to plan for the future. The Buy a Home Here – We’ll Build a Home There program ensures more homes for more families.

Affordable housing is not a problem unique to Colorado’s front range. It is an issue that needs to be tackled on every continent. Dream Finders Homes is addressing it with a unique program in the homebuilding industry. In their new development, The Parkes at Stonebridge in Longmont, Colorado, when a buyer decides to purchase a Dream Finders townhome, they will also select a village in one of four countries where Dream Finders will provide funding to build another home for someone in need.

Dream Finders has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Bridges to Community to build these homes in four countries. Bridges to Community partners with communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to alleviate poverty in 4 distinct, but overlapping areas: housing, education, health, and economic development. Habitat Cambodia and Habitat Lesotho partner with families in their respective countries to provide safe, affordable housing. Dream Finders Homes has agreed to contribute a minimum of $100,000 to these organizations based on the direction of the buyer of the townhome.

The Parkes at Stonebridge is located at 784 Stonebridge Drive in Longmont, CO. The development will embody 92 luxury townhomes spread across a park-like setting with an abundance of landscaping, pocket parks, walking paths, and picnic areas. Located in southwest Longmont, The Parkes at Stonebridge is close to shopping, dining and entertainment as well as countless outdoor recreational activities and, of course, the popular City of Boulder.

David Emerson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, explained, “Dream Finders program is the first time any homebuilder has engaged with Habitat in this way. St. Vrain Habitat financially supports 4 countries around the world including Cambodia and Lesotho. In addition to building homes in the St. Vrain and Estes Valley, we tithe 10% of our unrestricted donations to build internationally. This will be an amazing opportunity to send a gift over and above our regular support.”

"Building a home for a family changes their lives and provides safety and a place to plan for the future," says Julia Hadlock, Executive Director of Bridges to Community. “We are grateful to Dream Finders, and Longmont residents Riley Mulshine and Will Pater for their commitment to our work. Will and Riley have seen the impact of our work first-hand, volunteering to help build homes with Bridges to Community in Nicaragua. For over twenty years, Bridges has worked to improve lives by building safe, sturdy homes for families living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Buy a Home Here – We’ll Build a Home There program ensures more homes for more families."

“At Dream Finders Homes we believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home, so partnering with Habitat and Bridges to Community was an easy decision for us when the opportunity was presented! We are hoping that Dream Finders will be the first of many builders to participate in programs like the 1:1 campaign we are launching in Parkes at Stonebridge. We believe this is an incredible opportunity for us to empower our company, our employees and our home buyers to contribute to the "American Dream” in a significantly impactful way,” said Patrick Zalupski, CEO and Founder of Dream Finders Homes.

Both Bridges to Community and St. Vrain Habitat provide programs that allow volunteers to travel to these countries and help with the construction of new homes. Friends for 12 years, Riley Mulshine and Will Pater have joined home building trips to Nicaragua and Dominican Republic over the past 3 years.

“On our trips, we were amazed by how simple and economical it is to build a safe home that makes such an incredible difference to a family. So applying the “buy one give one” model seemed like a great idea. We presented the idea to Dream Finders since they were building a home for the Mulshine family. We were super excited when the Dream Finders CEO contacted us and said let’s make this happen” said Riley Mulshine and Will Pater. To learn more about Bridges to Community go to http://www.bridgestocommunity.org. To learn about Habitat’s work in the St. Vrain Valley and internationally go to http://www.stvrainhabitat.org.

The Parkes at Stonebridge is currently pre-selling from 615 Robert Street in Longmont. To learn more about this new development go to http://www.dreamfindershomes.com/parkes-at-stonebridge/. No matter what you’re looking for - city life, mountain adventures, a quiet moment on your front porch, or a little bit of everything - The Parkes at Stonebridge’s location is perfect for any lifestyle.

About Dream Finders Homes

Dream Finders Homes is a growing national homebuilder currently building homes in the Northeast Florida, Orlando, Savannah, Denver, D.C. and Austin markets. Dream Finders Homes offers a transparent process to home building, which combines sophisticated architecture with functionality. Ranked as the second fastest growing private home builder in the nation by Professional Builder (2017), Dream Finders Homes is dedicated to building the highest quality constructed homes at the most affordable prices. Dream Finders is the "Official Homebuilder" of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and has earned over 40 Parade of Homes awards from the local building associations. Learn more at http://www.dreamfindershomes.com

About Bridges to Community

Bridges to Community’s mission is to build a more just and sustainable world through service learning and community development by engaging volunteers to work in developing countries—building community and changing lives. Founded in 1992, Bridges develops poverty alleviation strategies with partner communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Within selected regions of the two countries, Bridges works closely with community leaders to help mitigate poverty in four distinct, but overlapping, program areas: health, education, housing, and economic development. Many of our program areas are driven by volunteer participation that incorporates service learning into the volunteers’ on-the-ground experience. More than 700 volunteers travel with Bridges to Community every year to rural villages in the above-mentioned countries working side-by-side with community members, participating in guided reflections, and receiving presentations from community leaders. For more information, please visit http://www.bridgestocommunity.org.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley is celebrating 30 years of impact as a local affiliate of Habitat International serving Longmont, Lyons, Estes Park and the Carbon Valley. St. Vrain Habitat supports 4 countries internationally including Cambodia, Lesotho, Armenia, and Paraguay. To learn more please visit http://www.stvrainhabitat.org.

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