In late November, a large group of individuals gathered to cheer on Jeff McGovern, Colorado division president for Brookfield Residential, and Beth Forbes, executive director of Home Builders Foundation (HBF), as they grasped the handles of a large pair of scissors and snipped a ribbon adorning the front of a new home in the Barefoot Lakes subdivision in Firestone, Colo. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, McGovern also presented Forbes with a $123,300 check made out to Home Builders Foundation, a nonprofit that performs home modifications that enable individuals with disabilities and their families to live more independent, elevated lives.
This is the seventh Inspiration House to be completed since the program’s initiation in 2003. The Inspiration House is a fundraising initiative in which a Denver home builder and its trade base collaborate to raise funds through the sale of a newly constructed home. The program begins with a partnering home builder who selects the home project and then works with its trade base to discount and/or donate services and materials to significantly reduce the cost of the home build. Proceeds from the sale of the completed home are then donated to HBF. More than 20 trades participated in the 2021 Inspiration House and generated one of the largest donations in the program’s history.
According to McGovern, sponsorship of the Inspiration House was a natural fit for Brookfield Residential’s Colorado office and the emphasis it places on community involvement. McGovern said, “Our company believes in extending our work beyond the creation of thriving communities to make a positive contribution to the quality of life, and enhance the environment in which our customers, employees and other partners live, work and play.” During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, McGovern thanked the participating trades, stating, “The individuals in the home building community are among the most generous I have ever met. I am extremely proud of everyone who played a role in this year’s Inspiration House.”
The new homeowners were in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony and were excited to hear about the role their home played in helping others. Also in attendance was Michael Solano, a veteran and former policeman who was assisted by HBF after becoming a paraplegic due to a spinal cord injury. Solano shared his appreciation for the organization that helped him regain his independence following his injury.
Forbes shared with the crowd the huge impact the donation made possible by the Inspiration House would have for HBF, noting that the demand for home modifications – which are provided by the nonprofit to clients free of charge – continues to increase. Since 1993, HBF has completed 1,900 modifications, nearly 230 of which were done in 2021 and even more requests are expected in 2022. Forbes thanked everyone who participated for, “Enabling us to help even more people live independently in their homes by providing greater access, reinforcing safety and equipping recipients with the ability to tackle everyday tasks.” Individuals or referring agencies may request a home modification from HBF by completing the online application located here.
The 23 trade partners who joined Brookfield Residential and donated time and services to complete the 2021 Inspiration House include Avi Roofing & Gutters Inc., B&J Surveying, Barton Supply, Builders First Source, Cabinetworks Group, Centerline Builders LLC, Edgewater Electric, Inc., Fireplace Warehouse, Front Range Window & Door, G&M Cleaning Services LLC, Graf Engineering LLC, H.A.S Drywall, Haan Painting, Inc., Homerun Electronics Inc., Images Flooring, Jacob Custom Homes, Rochas Drain Systems, Spec 7 Insulation Co. LLC, Steel-T Heating, Inc., Stoney Creek Concrete Co., Systems Plumbing LLC, Troy Forming Concrete, Urban Lights.