Moving Forward by Giving Back
We are so grateful for our clients who have blessed us and allowed us to have the success we do. Because of you, we are so fortunate to be able to give back to charities that we support and believe in. When a client chooses to build a home with us, we make a $1,000 donation in his or her name to support the following organizations that have touched us greatly. We’ve chosen these organizations because of what they offer and because of the personal ties we have to them.
Why do we do this? That’s simple: because built into the culture of our company is the core philosophy that as Christians, it is our responsibility to do as much good as possible, both within our community and beyond. As Luke 28: 16 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Thank you for choosing us to build your home.
We look forward to partnering with you to determine which of the following organizations you’d like to support upon the completion of your home.
Duke is an outstanding university whose medical capabilities are world renowned. Because of that fact, they have a plethora of support from across the globe. But we want to continue to support their efforts, partially because John and Margaret Heidel’s youngest daughter spent months in the care of Duke Children’s many years ago. Because the Heidels have the utmost respect for saving her life, we are choosing to focus on Duke Children’s for our support.
Duke Children’s is a pediatric hospital that treats thousands of children each year for medical conditions that range from common childhood illnesses to life-threatening diseases. The research they do saves more than the lives of the children who step foot in their facilities. It also benefits the additional thousands who will receive care from the surgeons and physicians who develop new techniques, technologies, vaccines, and more right here in our own back yard.
We are aware every day of just how fortunate we are to be healthy, safe, and happy. Yet there are many children in our community who are hurting and in need of help. Thousands of children across North Carolina are experiencing acute crisis and trauma due to difficulties caused by physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, neglect, violence, illness, or death of a loved one. We’re proud to see the work Hope Reins is doing for our community.
Hope Reins is an organization started by a dear friend of the Heidel family, Kim Tschirret. Kim saw an opportunity to rescue horses while also providing a much-needed resource to children in our state. With severe reductions in state-funded mental health and limited accessible services, hurting children and families in our region have few options to pursue healing. Rescued horses have a unique way of connecting to these needs through their own stories of rescue and restoration. Through establishing a safe and caring relationship, a person of faith and a rescued horse can help the child begin the process of healing.
Mackenzie Joyner is a close, long-time friend of John and Margaret Heidel’s middle daughter, Caitlin. And while she looks like a normal teenager, she suffers from a rare lung condition called Primary Ciliary Dyskenesia (PCD). This means her cilia don’t work to clear mucous and infections from her lungs. She requires twice daily 30- to 60-minute nebulizer medicine treatments in an attempt to keep her healthy, because any upper respiratory infection can be very dangerous. PCD also causes other severe complications that create life-long health issues.
The PCD Foundation helps improve the lives of those—like Mackenzie and an estimated 25,000 others—with PCD. As with any rare disease, raising awareness, improving diagnosis, funding new research and medical treatments is the best path to finding a cure. Your donation will help friends helping friends. In our experience (and the experience of other PCD patients and families), friendship is one of our most powerful tools to bring love, support, and to change the world.
We are so fortunate to build dream homes for our clients. And while we thrive seeing the joy these homes bring, we are frequently reminded that not everyone has been so blessed. There are thousands of men, women, and children who are currently homeless in Raleigh and Wake County. As home builders, we actively want to change that.
Raleigh Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping these people make a commitment to transforming their lives, and many who commit to the programs spend an average of one year under their roof. The organization helps them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and gives them the tools to overcome the negative factors that led to their homelessness in the first place. They are there for those who need a second chance and for those who are willing to do the work it takes to rebuild their lives.
Our support for this organization is multifaceted. For starters, John Heidel is an avid surfer, and while he’s out riding waves, he sees firsthand the concerning amount of garbage the collects in our ocean. The Heidels are also huge animal lovers and together, they share a passion for keeping ocean waters clean so its animals—like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins—can thrive. And as Christians, they believe in being good stewards of the earth.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to protecting the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. The foundation has built a network of local defenders and national experts in law, policy and science who are able to provide lasting protection to our coasts. Their vision is to protect 100% of the coastlines we love, both now and for future generations to come.
We love the idea that every child should grow up in a home with a wonderful family pet. And it’s probably obvious by now that the Heidels have a huge place in their hearts for animals of all kinds. Unfortunately, so many potential pets across our state are suffering from terrible illnesses, abuse, the effects of constant breeding, and so much more. When we learned about Saving Grace and the efforts they are taking to rescue animals across impoverished parts of North Carolina, we knew we had to support their efforts.
Saving Grace is a non-profit animal rescue in Wake Forest that is dedicated to helping homeless animals of all types find permanent, loving homes. Since it first opened in 2004, they have found homes for more than 22,000 animals. Molly Goldston founded this incredible organization because she believed rescue dogs were her own saving grace, and her goal is to help every neglected dog she rescues find their own peace in the arms of loving families.