2021 Inspiration House Breaks Ground to Benefit Individuals Living with Disabilities

Chris Layne

The 2021 Inspiration House recently broke ground in the Harvest Community of Barefoot Lakes in Firestone, Colo. The project is a collaboration between Brookfield Residential—a leading North American new home builder and land developer—and its trade partners, who discount and/or donate services and materials to significantly reduce the cost of the home build. The proceeds from the sale of the new home are then donated to Home Builders Foundation (HBF), a nonprofit organization that completes free home modifications year-round to help elevate the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The 2021 Inspiration House, which has already been sold and is expected to be completed in fourth quarter, features four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and breathtaking views of the mountains.  Jeff McGovern, president of Brookfield Residential in Colorado, has been involved with HBF for years and values the work the nonprofit does to elevate the lives of those living with disabilities. “We are so pleased to sponsor the 2021 Inspiration House and look forward to the important role we will play in its design, construction and marketing,” said McGovern. “Our employees get a sense of pride from their contributions; and this kind of project strengthens our ties to the vendors in the homebuilding industry.”

To date, 18 trades have already signed on to donate or discount their labor and/or materials on this year’s Inspiration House. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Geoff Haskell, Front Range sales manager at Builders FirstSource who has been involved in past Inspiration Houses, talked about the amazing payoff noting, “Because we’re all in this together, our donations and
contributions multiply. By the end of the project, we’re not just helping one family, we’re helping scores of families living with a disability.”

Among the special guests at the Inspiration House groundbreaking ceremony was Miss Wheelchair Colorado 2020 and HBF board member, Chris Layne, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a rock-climbing accident in 2016. Layne is especially grateful to HBF for completing several home modifications including a lift, front and back ramps and a barrier-free bathroom ─ all of which enable her to live independently.

HBF has seen a significant rise in demand as more people with long term physical disabilities are requesting services. The funds raised from this year’s Inspiration House will help HBF complete an estimated 280 projects this year – all of which will enable individuals with disabilities to live more comfortably, safely and independently. The six Inspiration House projects that have been completed since 2003 have resulted in more than $600,000 in donations to HBF.

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