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Who we are...


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Guatemala is rich in nature and spirit, but among the poorest in living standards. A majority of people living there are victims of civil war, hunger, prejudice, poverty, and ignorance.  We are there to help them...

We are a grassroots organization of like-minded individuals who believe in strengthening Family Unity and Community Harmony in Highland Guatemala.  WE BELIEVE IN: EDUCATION, HEALTH/SAFETY, EMPOWERMENT, GENEROSITY, KINDNESS, HARD WORK, TEAM WORK.  We build houses and provide medical care and education to encourage and support the community in the improvement of the quality of their lives.

TOGETHER, WE'VE BUILT: 1153 Homes

 

We do it through You

Volunteers are the core of From Houses to Homes. Without a constant stream of enthusiastic volunteers, From Houses to Homes could not carry out its mission. Our volunteers find the experience so profoundly fulfilling, that many return year after year. Building along side the family, with the help of a few paid professionals, our volunteers work incredibly hard - and love every minute of it.

 
 

Can't volunteer?

We need your help in other ways too. You can help by donating in many impactful and meaningful ways. By paying for a family's bunk bed, wood-burning stove or a month's supply of food, you can feel confident that your money has directly & immediately changed lives.

We are currently funded only through private donations, corporate giving, and contributions from private foundations. The donations all go toward building homes, providing health, and education to revitalize the disadvantaged communities in Guatemala.

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Our Journey...


Our Journey...


Our Official Beginning 2004: Joe Collins, Founder of From Houses to Homes:

After visiting Guatemala in 2001 and experiencing the sub-standard living conditions first hand, Joe could not get the indelible picture of poverty out of his mind. A country filled with breathtaking volcanoes, verdant hillsides, tight-knit families, traditions and pride, however most of the indigenous people were living in squalor. The government programs to help the poor were, and continue to be, either ineffective or inadequate, not to mention discriminatory.

Joe decided to return to Guatemala as a volunteer.  He volunteered over the next 2 years on 14 different occasions for another NGO. Joe believed if he started his own organization he could be sure that most of each dollar donated went to help the poor.  In 2004 FHTH become a registered 501©3  Joe started by building one house at a time, with the help of a team of Guatemalans he had met while volunteering.

Joe's dream now becoming reality gained momentum and soon From Houses to Homes was building 3 houses a week.  From Houses to Homes became Joe’s life mission. Whenever he was asked why he did this work, he replied: "Why not?"  Tragically, Joe passed away in July of 2013. He died knowing that From Houses to Homes would continue to serve the poor of Guatemala and carry out the mission he started in 2004.

On October 10, 2015, after having built 983 homes, From Houses to Homes celebrated its 10th Anniversary:

On March 19, 2016, we celebrated the construction of our 1,000th home, although to that date we had constructed 1,029 homes!

The previous year, the Board of Directors decided they would come to Guatemala and build the 1000th house in honor of our Founder, Joe Collins. At the time, according to our projections the 1000th house would have been built in March, however since we have the most generous supporters we bypassed 1000 in January!   Thus in March, as previously planned our Board of Directors joined hands and hearts to build homes 1000 and 1001 to commemorate this amazing milestone.  The plaques have a quote that Joe loved, "there is no greater reward then doing something for someone who can never repay you."

As of March 24, 2017, we have built 1053 homes!

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The Board


JUDY BAKER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
JAMES BELLIS - PRESIDENT

The Board


JUDY BAKER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
JAMES BELLIS - PRESIDENT

Jeffrey Ingelman

Archie Purcell

Cynthia Moran

Dallas Hetherington

Darron Collins

T. Peter Sullivan

James Bellis

Michael ChanSLER

 

 

Oscar Mejia

Ricard Wolff

Thomas Bergwall

Judy BakeR

JODY GARDNER

Jack Sorrow

Msgr. William Fadroski

Erin Ranft

 

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In Loving Memory: JOE COLLINS (1938 - 2013)


 

Joe loved the Story of the Starfish.  It basically says that every little bit helps regardless of how big or small it is.

 

The Starfish Story

In Loving Memory: JOE COLLINS (1938 - 2013)


 

Joe loved the Story of the Starfish.  It basically says that every little bit helps regardless of how big or small it is.

 

The Starfish Story

When people would ask Joe about building homes in Guatemala, Joe would reply, “There are 2.1 million cornstalk shacks in Guatemala, to date we have replaced 868 of them. We have a lot of work to do, but we are changing lives one home at a time.