Give Back: Make Our World a Better Place

“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.”

– Luke 12:48

Moving Forward by Giving Back

John and Margaret Heidel, the founders of Homestead, built into the company culture the core philosophy that as Christians it is our responsibility to do as much good as possible – within our community and beyond! Because of you, we are able to give back via charities that we love and believe in.

When you build a home with Homestead we make a donation, in your name, to one of the organizations highlighted below. We have chosen these organizations because of their scope and the personal connection we have with each one.

Shepherd's Little Sheep

Shepherd’s Little Sheep began as a crazy idea between Matt & Ashley Byrd and Kelsey & Tyler Fry. In December of 2020, their family was going through the motions of a gut-wrenching, unexpected loss of Tyler & Ashley’s father, Frank Fry, while also juggling the weight of a life-threatening liver disease diagnosis with Tyler & Kelsey’s 3 month old, Shepherd.

While juggling the unknowns, and leaning heavy on their faith, they recognized the need there was to help families that were going through tragedies of their own. They started by creating blessing bags for families in our local children’s hospitals. With the help of our existing children’s hospital social workers and staff they decided to include the items they found to be most helpful, including but not limited to, phone chargers, gas gift cards, door dash gift cards, journals, decent coffee, insulated cups, blankets, simple distractions and self care items, in hopes to bring a glimpse of joy to these families faces, even if just for a moment.

Duke Children's

Duke Children’s is a premier world-class pediatric healthcare institution providing compassionate care in a child-centered environment. As a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals they provide critical resources for researching pediatric conditions and discovering novel treatments for children.

Every day they meet brave children and their families who are in need of hope, answers, and — above all — outstanding medical care. They are inspired by their strength and courage and are passionate about their commitment to ensuring their patients and their families receive the best possible care in a warm, child- and family-friendly atmosphere.

Hope Reins

Hope Reins was started by Kim Tschirret, an old friend of the Heidel family. Kim saw an opportunity to rescue horses while also providing a much-needed resource to children in North Carolina. With severe reductions in state-funded mental health and limited accessible services, Hope Reins uses rescued horses that connect to the children through their own stories of rescue and restoration.

At​ ​Hope​ ​Reins,​ ​they​ ​believe​ ​hurting​ ​people​ ​need​ ​hope,​ ​especially​ ​hurting​ ​kids. A child experiencing an acute crisis needs the foundational elements of a healthy relationship: safety and trust. Through establishing a safe and caring relationship, a person of faith and a rescued horse can help the child begin the process of healing.

Foundation of Hope

Homestead was introduced to Foundation of Hope from one of our customers who lost their daughter in 2023. They support the foundation of hope to raise awareness and funding to eliminate suffering from mental illness so that no other family has to endure what they have had to.

The Foundation of Hope believes that research is hope for the millions of individuals struggling with mental illnesses around the world. By investing in cutting-edge scientific research grants at UNC, we are working to understand and treat these devastating disorders through innovative science.

The Brooks Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission – the sole purpose – is to fund additional teachers, support staff, and programs at Brooks that are not funded by the county and state.

There will always be gaps in public school funding. The Foundation helps turn that critical funding need into an opportunity for our school…an opportunity to provide additional teachers and staff at Brooks, and give our children not just the education they need, but the education they deserve.

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