Single Mom Receives the Gift of a Lifetime: a New House

Maria (center) with two of her children. Pictured in front of their new home

Maria (center) with two of her children. Pictured in front of their new home

Bellingham, WA, Dec 1, 20152ROOFS is Bellingham’s first social real estate business. Started by two locals, Rob Weston and Sean Hall, 2ROOFS is unlike other real estate groups. This is the twist: when you buy or sell your home with 2ROOFS, they help build one for someone in need at no additional cost to you – a roof for a roof.  

This fall, 2ROOFS was introduced to Maria, a Guatemalan single mother with four children. She was referred through The GOD'S CHILD Project, an award winning humanitarian organization located in Antigua. 

Maria's story is a difficult one. She left her husband who was an addict that physically abused her and the kids. Upon leaving, she was able to piece together a makeshift shelter and went to work cleaning houses, but with the low wages she has struggled to make ends meet.

Due to exposure to the elements her children developed respiratory problems. The shelter had mud floors and could not keep out the cold and rain. 

With the proceeds of a recent home sale, 2ROOFS partnered with The GOD'S CHILD Project to build Maria and her children a new home. The home was finished late November of this year. A small team of volunteers, along with two hired contractors, performed the construction.

Sean, partner of 2ROOFS says, "I can't describe what it feels like to be able help Maria and her kids. Their lives will be forever changed from having something so basic, so necessary - a warm and safe place to call home. I am so grateful to be able to use our business to create more beauty in the world."

2ROOFS Real Estate, started earlier this year by locals Rob Weston and Sean Hall, helps make the world a better place two roofs at a timeTheir mission is simple: offer premier real estate services and use their own commissions to help end homelessness. In their first few months of business they have already helped build two homes in Nicaragua and Guatemala, both for single mothers and their children. Another home build is slated for this January with several more in the works.