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Inspired by our belief in building strong communities, we founded First Story to help deserving individuals and families in need achieve the dream of home ownership. Learn more about the public non-profit, meet some of the First Story families, and discover the other charitable giving that comes from First Story to help the communities in which Hayden Homes builds.

 

Every time a key is turned in a Hayden Home, our spirit of generosity is sparked to life, igniting a common purpose of building communities and fulfilling lives.

As a home builder, Hayden Homes is in a unique position to help families fulfill both a lifelong dream and their most basic need. By offering our time, resources and expertise, we’re able to help provide shelter and housing security to people who might otherwise go homeless. To finance this mission, we donate a portion of the sales price in each of our buyers’ name, on every home we build, to First Story. Due to your decision to purchase a Hayden Home, you are making a difference in the community you live.

Our employees are passionate about First Story’s mission.  Over 80% of our team members generously contribute to this worthwhile non-profit through a regular payroll deduction.  Hayden Homes is proud to provide a 100% company match for every donated dollar.

Since it began in 1998, First Story has served over 65 families through new home construction and other home ownership opportunities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In addition to its affordable housing efforts, First Story has donated over $984,000 to support other non-profits doing the essential work of building great communities. Together with your neighbors, you are directly helping to support this incredible cause.

 

Lindsey – Spokane, WA
Grant House #61 – 2016

Lindsey is a kindergarten teacher in the Cheney School District at Windsor Elementary. She just got engaged to long-time boyfriend, Jeff Galpin. They had postponed getting married in order to save enough money to buy a home. “I’m just so unbelievably grateful for this opportunity First Story and Hayden Homes are providing,” Lindsay said when she got her keys. “Without them, I know I wouldn’t be in a position to purchase a home for a long time. Now, Jeff and I can get married, start a family, and make many happy memories here.”

 

Casey & Thunder – Springfield, OR
Grant House #64 – 2016

Meet Casey and her son, Thunder, who have been selected for the First Story home in Springfield, Oregon. This 2016 home recipient was referred to First Story’s Home Buyer Program by the Housing & Community Services Agency (HACSA) of Lane County. First Story & HACSA have worked together to help lower-income families in need find affordable housing. In her past, this young, single-mom was making decisions she now regrets. Once she realized the destructive path she was on was hurting her son, she focused all of her efforts on building a future for him. She successfully completed HACSA’s Family Self- Sufficiency Program and has been working hard for the past 5 years to build a better life for her son. She can’t wait to actually have a home to call their own. A home to plant roots…literally!

 

Ashuly & Oliver – Redmond, OR
Grant House #59 – 2015

This inaugural First Story ONEbuild recipient is a single mom to a two-year old boy, a massage therapist & licensed midwife. She and her son currently live in Redmond with Ashuly’s parents, sharing a single bedroom- and bed! She chose this living situation so she could save enough money to eventually put a down payment on a home of her own. She enrolled in Neighborhood Impact’s Housing Program and started an IDA matching savings account and completed a series of classes designed to prepare her for home ownership. She is so excited about, not just the home, but being a part of the entire ONEbuild experience!

 

David, Melissa, Caleb & Josiah – Rathdrum, ID
Grant House #58 – 2015

Melissa was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia shortly after graduating high school. She delayed going to college for treatment and in that time met Dave who would support & inspire her and later ask her to marry him. After 13 years of drug laded treatments she became pregnant with their first child and decided to take her health in to her own hands. Instead of drugs, she turned nutrition and a healthy life style void of things poisoning her body. She is now healed of a disorder that she was told she would never escape. She also finished her college degree, went on to complete a Master’s of Philosophy, had her second child and celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary in 2015.

 

Cathi, Kaleb, and Ashley – Springfield, OR
Grant House – 2015

Cathi’s contagious energy and captivating smile is evident the minute you meet her. This single-working mother of two and recent college graduate has worked very hard and overcome a lot of adversity in her life to provide a safe and loving environment for her family.
We proudly welcomed Cathi, her 13-year old son Kaleb and 8-year-old daughter Ashley into our First Story family in September, 2015. “It was really exciting and overwhelming and amazing all together,” said Cathi. Her 3 Bed, 2 Bath home marked the 28th home built in partnership with Hayden Homes. “When Hayden gave me the house key, I held it for three hours. I had watched it being built all the way. I had been packing like crazy. But none of it seemed to be real until Hayden gave me the key. I realized, ‘Now I can move in.’ My son was pretty emotional at the dedication. We’re all very grateful. We’ve been through a lot.” I look forward to watching our community grow and seeing my kids playing next door with my neighbor’s kids. I used to think I would wake up and it would all be a dream. But, now I know it is actually a dream come true!”

 

Matthew, Evelyn, Owen, Aaron & Megan – Kennewick, WA
Grant House #49 – 2014

The McGetricks were like any young growing family spending their nights and weekends building blanket forts in the living room of the home they rented in the Tri-Cities. They dreamed of one day owning their own home, but on one income and with student loans to pay off they thought that dream may never come true. Matthew has a stable job at the Department of Corrections and Michelle, while raising their four kids and attending nursing school, has had an even greater impact on their family. Matthew wrote in their application, “Michelle is the glue that holds our family together, the grease in our wheels that keeps us moving forward and the one who sets the example for the softness and love we strive to surround our children with every day.”

 

Sherry, Elijah, Asher & Mayah – Bend, OR
Grant House #44 – 2012

Sherry and her three children are survivors. Sherry spent years struggling to find a safe and loving community for her son’s Elijah & Asher and her daughter Mayah. “Owning our own home has been a mere fantasy,” Sherry wrote in her home ownership application. “Bend has been a blessing to my kids and me and First Story will allow us to live here forever.” They moved in to their home in Shady Pines in 2012. Sherry is a small business owner of Mindful Healing. In addition to being skilled in holistic soft tissue techniques and treatments, she is a Positive Life Coach with a passion to provide self-empowerment to help young women balance home, school and private life.

 

Ignacia, Maria, Guadalupe, Julio, Eric & Alyah – Pasco, WA
Grant House #32 – 2011

Maria and Ignacio emigrated to the United States in 1989 in search of the American Dream. They made the Tri-Cities their home, started a family and began working at Broetje Orchards. They have worked as packers at the Orchards for over 20 years putting their two eldest sons through college. Their daughter Alyah plans to follow in her older brothers’ footsteps and eventually work for the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Erin, Benjamin & Jacob – Bend, OR
Grant House #29 – 2010

Erin was born and raised in Bend. After leaving an abusive marriage, she decided to move back and raise her kids in Central Oregon. First Story met the single-mom through the Sparrow Club. Sparrow Club was assisting the family with medical costs associated with the treatment of Ben’s Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is a genetically-inherited disease in which nerve tissue grows tumors; in Ben’s case he has tumors encompassing his abdominal area and spinal cord causing extensive pain and damage. Both sons have graduated from Mt. View High School and are pursuing careers locally. Erin’s parents and brother also live in Central Oregon.

 

Kenneth, Jolene, Jeremiah & Kaylene – Kennewick, WA
Grant House – 2010

In 2010, Kenny and Jolene made the tough financial decision when they had their first child Jeremiah; that she would do the important job of stay at home Mom. Kenny had just earned his Master’s Degree in Teaching, but had not secured a full-time teaching position. It was a very difficult couple of years struggling to make ends meet, but they felt it was important to sacrifice material things in order for Jolene to raise their son. In 2012, Kenny secured a teaching position in the Columbia School District and they began to dream of one day owning a home. But, with school loans and one income, it was a dream that seemed would never come true.

 

Annett & Dylan – Walla Walla, WA
Grant House #25 – 2009

Annett has an inspiring story of hope and healing. Eight years ago she went from homelessness and hopelessness to becoming a homeowner and starting her own organization, Hope Heals, with a mission of spreading hope, love, and kindness to those in need. Annett moved into her First Story home in Prospect Terrace in Walla Walla in 2009. She and her son Dylan drove to the dedication ceremony in the RV and literally traded the keys to the RV for her new Hayden Home. Click here for a story written about Annett, and click here for more about Hope Heals.

 

Desiree, Cody & Brendan, Veneta, OR
Grant House #21 – 2008

Desiree is proud of her tight-knit and affectionate family. As a single-mom working full-time and raising two boys, her family worked together to help each other and share responsibilities. Family was at the heart of every decision Desiree made. She dreamed of owning a home for the stability and safety it would provide, but she was afraid she would never afford one on her single income. So, when she learned about First Story she jumped on the opportunity and applied for a home in Veneta, where the boys’ grandparents also live.

First Story Home Dedication

It is Hayden Homes goal to build a First Story home annually in each of the regions we build. If you know of an individual or family that is currently below 80% of the median household income and is in need of a hand-up due to the increase in rental rates, they are likely to be eligible to apply for an upcoming First Story home.

Information about First Story Homes and Eligibility Requirements:

First Story Homes:

  • 1,100-1,300 sq. ft.
  • 3 bedroom
  • 2 bathroom
  • 2 car garage
  • Front & back yards fully fenced and landscaped

Loan Terms: 30 year no-interest, no-down payment First Story home loan

Applicant Requirements:

  • Gross annual income is below 80% of area median income (typically between 50-80% with income between $30,000-$54,000 per yr.)
  • The ability to make monthly mortgage payment with insurance and taxes (typically a payment between $550-$725 per mo.)
  • Is a U.S. citizen or has permanent resident alien status
  • Currently resides in the county where the home is being built
  • Household size does not exceed 5 family members

To Apply: Download the attached application form the First Story Website. For more information about upcoming First Story homes and locations contact First Story at 541-728-0830 ext. 6 or email info@firststory.org.

BUILDING HOPE FOR FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES

First Story is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. First Story & its building partner Hayden Homes are working together to give to local communities. Since 1998, the gift of home ownership has been provided to over 65 deserving families and an additional $984,000 in charitable giving has been donated to charitable organizations to enrich Northwest communities where Hayden Homes builds.

Since 1998, First Story has donated the following dollars in each region through its Charitable Giving Program:

CENTRAL OREGON $302,656
ALBANY & SALEM $60,840
EUGENE & SPRINGFIELD $67,140
SOUTHERN OREGON $13,015
SOUTHERN IDAHO $42,787
SPOKANE & NORTH IDAHO $60,455
TRI-CITIES & CENTRAL WA $141,773
WALLA WALLA $35,350
EASTERN OREGON $3,900
OTHER COUNTIES IN NEED $195,466
TOTAL GIVING $923,382

 

ONEbuild

First Story’s ONEbuild Program was created to help givers give. First Story allows organizations the opportunity to connect with each other and embrace giving while making a difference for a family in need and help build them a home. Through unique, hands-on, fun and first-class team building activities organizations can be part of an experience that will change, not only a family’s life, but their own lives for years to come. First Story partners with organizations that care, that share the spirit of giving and that are looking for a way to formalize their giving. ONEbuild will touch and inspire your entire family, not just today, but for years to come.

Learn more about ONEbuild Link at www.firststory.org.

 

MEET ASHULY AND OLIVER

Through a series of group projects that ranged from raising walls to painting them, with supportive supervision from a seasoned team of contractors, Hayden Homes was the first ever ONEbuild team. The Hayden Homes team participated in the actual building of Ashuly’s First Story home.

In 2015, Ashuly and Oliver were given the keys to their new home, a 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with ample space to play outside. Throughout the application and building process, which generally averages around four months, Ashuly remained committed to preparing herself for home ownership by working hard to fortify her savings and completing a series of classes through Neighbor Impact on the subject. “Our home was not only built with hands of hard work, but it was built with a lot of heart,” said Ashuly about her ONEbuild experience.