Heart – Serving people with empathy, caring, and good works… is a part of our company mission.
From quickly buying houses in need of repair, renovating and helping families achieve home ownership is just a part of how we help our community.
We believe in helping others even if they are not our customers.
Below are some of the ways in which we fulfill this rewarding aspect of our company mission.
The Cookie Cart is a non-profit Minneapolis bakery that instills work, life and leadership skills to teenagers ages 15-18, through paid employment.
They also receive classroom training in workplace communications, resume preparation, job interviewing and have the opportunity to explore different career options.
Here at Homestead Road, to support The Cookie Cart, we purchase one box of cookies for every initial appointment we have with a house owner who is interested in selling their house “as is”.
Homestead Road has established a scholarship fund for young people to begin careers in the building and construction trades through Hennepin Technical College. The scholarship fund will provide opportunities for young people to further their interest and gain practical experience in the construction industry as they work towards earning a degree. The scholarship is available through the HTC campuses in in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
The end goal of this scholarship fund is to help promote quality home construction and remodeling in the Twin Cities area. House buyers are extremely fussy about every little detail, so our remodeling has to be flawless. To uphold high standards we need well educated and highly skilled carpenters, plumbers, woodworkers, and HVAC and we feel that this scholarship will do just that.
The Humble Rockets of Homestead Road joined an army of volunteers at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota,Together we packed up over 20,000 meals to feed hungry children and fight malnutrition around the world. We hope everyone comes to know that good works are always rewarded in the end.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 1,137 acre horticultural garden and nature preserve maintained by the University of Minnesota. Their 9 acre pumpkin patch contains 295 different species of pumpkins and melons, and they scour the globe to acquire seeds for more varieties. In the Fall, the pumpkins are harvested by volunteers. In November, 2015, the employees of Homestead Road set out into the pumpkin patch cutting pumpkins and carrying them overland to load into awaiting wagons.
Homestead Road employees served breakfast to the homeless and hungry at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. In the group photo, the lady third from the right in the middle is Mary Jo Copeland, the founder. Starting in 1985, Mary Jo has built an organization that houses 500 homeless people and feeds 1000 people a day. All funding is from private donations. “Not a penny from the government,” she proudly says. The amazing thing was that the cooks announced we had run out of food, but the last person in line got the last smidgens of food in the serving trays. No one went without.
In connection with Habitat for Humanity, each year Homestead Road helps build at least 1 new house for a local family in Minnesota. As we grow, the more houses we’ll be able to build and more families we’ll be able to help in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.