Building Hope for a Local Hero

Together, with our community partners, including the City of Medford and First Story helped a Vietnam Veteran re-build his home.

Hayden Homes, First Story, The City of Medford and numerous other partners came together to rebuild Mr. William Verschoor, a local Vietnam Veteran’s, condemned home in Medford, Oregon.

Last August a local neighbor called The City of Medford about the condition of the veteran’s home. A tree had fallen and damaged the roof, sections of the floor were missing and he had no insulation or heat. Due to code enforcement, the home was deemed ‘uninhabitable’ by the building department. City officials begin to work on trying to find a way to help Mr. Verschoor keep his home.

First Story and Hayden Homes are proud and excited to partner and help rebuild Mr. Verschoor’s home. This project is a demonstration of the community’s collaborative philanthropy, allowing the veteran to remain on his property where he has resided for 42 years. The wall raising event was a significant milestone in the journey of re-building this home. During the event the attendees had the opportunity to raise the very first walls of the home and write encouraging messages to the veteran on the beams of the walls which will then become part of the home forever.

The completed home was dedicated to the well deserving veteran at a special ceremony on May 23rd. He was welcomed into his new home by the community, neighbors and numerous partners. Here are a few photos of the wonderful celebration and the activities leading up to the dedication!

Helping to rebuild a Veteran's Home

Spread the Love with Avenues for Hope

Spread-the-Love-with-Avenues-for-HopeAvenues for Hope is presented annually by the Home Partnership Foundation, a 501(c)3 created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association with the goal to strengthen housing-related nonprofits throughout Idaho by encouraging individual donations to help prevent homelessness and improve affordable housing options. The Home Partnership Foundation provided matching grants for all donations made to First Story during Avenues for Hope.

This was the second year First Story was selected as a recipient in the Avenues for Hope Campaign. The campaign kicked off December 12th and ended December 31st. We are thrilled to report that $11,898.75 was raised for First Story! These funds will support First Story’s home being built in partnership with Hayden Homes in the community of Voyage Crossing in Caldwell later this year.

Toys for Tots Donation Locations

2017 Toys for Tots Drop Location 2017We are proud to partner with Toys for Tots throughout the Pacific Northwest, to help ensure that children in our community enjoy the holidays this year! With the YOUR help and the help of local charities, we’re gathering new, unwrapped toys at many of our model home locations throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Through these efforts, we will be helping hundreds of families in need.

Help us make a child’s wish come true this holiday season!

Visit any one of these locations near you today and give:

Central Oregon

Hayden Homes Headquarters Office
2464 SW Glacier Place, Redmond, OR 97756

Pettigrew Place
Cascade Heights

Obsidian Trails

The Village at Cold Springs

Oregon I-5

Willow Run

Delta Estates

South Washington

Clearwater Creek

Sandifur Place

West Richland
Westwood Estates

South Idaho (Treasure Valley)

Antler Ridge

Voyage Crossing

Paisley Meadows

Sands Pointe

Inland Northwest (Spokane Area)

Corbin Crossing

Post Falls

Spokane Valley
River Crossing
Taylor Cottages

Airway Heights
Pillar Rock


Hayden Homes Helps to Provide Thanksgiving Dinners to Families in Southern Oregon

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Brad Bennington, Executive Officer Builders Association Southern Oregon
541.941.0901 | |


Medford, OR, Tuesday, November 21st at 11 am, members of the Builders Association of Southern Oregon (BASO) and Hayden Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in Southern Oregon, will deliver over 130 Thanksgiving dinners, feeding approximately 700 individuals, to the City Life Community Center located at 529 Edwards Street in Medford. City Life is a safe place for HWAM and inner-city kids and their families to receive life skills training, educational support, counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.

This is an innovative example of a how a non-profit can reach out to another non-profit by creating a win-win collaborative partnership benefitting the Southern Oregon community. “We’ve been providing Thanksgiving dinners to families in Southern Oregon for over 10 years.” said Brad Bennington, Executive Officer of BASO, “When you have devoted community partners like Sherm’s Food 4 Less, and this year the generous support of Hayden Homes, these partnerships will help even more families enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. We are reminded, at this time of year, how blessed we are to live in Southern Oregon, this is just one small way to share our gratitude.”

The media and public are welcome to attend the event, Tuesday November 21st between 11 and 11:30am at City Life where the dinners are being delivered by members of the Builders Association of Southern Oregon.

Hayden Homes VP of Community Engagement, Deborah Flagan said, “When this opportunity was presented to us we immediately said, “YES” because of the many deserving families throughout Jackson County that would benefit from the Thanksgiving deliveries. We are honored to be able to assist in providing these families with a healthy and filling meal on Thanksgiving day.”

Builders Association of Southern Oregon is a non-profit education and trade organization that serves the construction community in Southern Oregon. BASO’s three-fold mission to educate, advocate, and motivate its members and the general public to build strong, safe and sustainable communities in Southern Oregon.

About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes provides new homes to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 work-force families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in Medford.



Hayden Homes Donates Wheelchairs to 50 Veterans

wheel-chair-team-building-2 In what was part team-building exercise and part philanthropy project, team members of Central Oregon based Hayden Homes worked together on Veterans Day to build 50 wheelchairs for Northwest veterans facing mobility challenges.

Approximately 270 Hayden Homes employees from across the Northwest gathered on November 11, 2016 to participate in the Build-a-Wheelchair® event, a team-building social responsibility program born out of a desire to help American veterans with mobility challenges. Small groups of Hayden Homes team members worked together to assemble, test and decorate the new wheelchairs before engaging in an obstacle course maneuverability challenge.

“It’s not by chance that Hayden Homes team members are a generous group of individuals,” said Steve Klingman, president of Hayden Homes. “We’re committed to hiring people who believe that a fulfilling life starts with the spirit of generosity. When we unveiled the wheelchair-building challenge, our team members enthusiastically rolled up their sleeves to help make life a little easier for deserving veterans who may be struggling back home.”

After completion, the 50 wheelchairs were distributed to five Northwest regions in which Hayden Homes does business, including the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, the Tri-Cities/Walla Walla area in Washington, the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas in Washington and North Idaho, and the Treasure Valley in southwestern Idaho.

Hayden Homes then partnered with local veterans outreach and advocacy groups in each region to identify 10 veterans in need.
wheel-chair-team-buildingAccording to Disabled American Veterans, the number of veterans with service-related injuries and illnesses has skyrocketed to more than 3.6 million men and women today, up from 2 million just 12 years ago. By the year 2020, the number is expected to grow to 4 million.