Joel & Sony's Family Home
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Joel & Sony's Family Home
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**UPDATE 2/14/18** 

While progress on Joel & Sony's home was steady throughout 2017, the funding required for the project was drastically underestimated.  We learned a lot through this experience, and we are still committed to making this home a reality for Joel, Sony, and their family.  Based on what we now know, we believe another $12,000 will completely finish the home.  This is a huge goal, but we serve an amazing God, and we already have $1,500 in offline donations!  Thankful for anything you can contribute!

Current progress of the home: 

How many of us have invested thousands of dollars into our homes to renovate, upgrade, and increase our comfort?  As a telling statistic, in 2015, Americans spent an estimated $326 billion on home renovations - averaging approximately $2,500 per family.  What if we could drastically change the quality of life for a family in Haiti for a similar amount of money?  Would we sacrifice to make it happen? 

This summer, we have just that opportunity.  The Espwa Foundation, in partnership with Rick & Amy Hoobler, is raising funds to support the family of Joel & Sony Joseph in Cap Haitien, Haiti. We've grown to love and trust these two young brothers and have committed to come alongside them as they finish their family home.  The boys support their mother and 7 additional siblings and face daily challenges with food, water, and education.  A safe and reliable home will be an amazing step as we form an ongoing relationship of encouragement, love, and suport.  

Joel, the oldest in the family, does all he can to support his mother and brothers.  Over time, he's been slowly adding to the home with whatever funds become available. Through this fundraiser, we hope to bring the extremely modest home to completion.  Joel sent us a list of the remaining supplies necessary, and his budget included $3,000 for the materials (plywood, cement, windows, doors, and electric work), as well as the Haitian labor that he can't do himself. Our experience in Haiti is that things always cost more than expected.  For this reason, we increased the budget for the project to $3,500.  Any funds raised above this goal will be used to support education opportunities for the boys.  

Let's make this dream a reality and give Joel, Sony, and their family this much needed support.  Can't do it without you!

ABOUT Joseph Family Home

The Joseph Family holds a special place in many of our hearts. We first met Sony Joseph several years ago, hanging out in the yard of a local orphanage we frequent. As a "street kid," he was not part of the orphanage and couldn't attend the school there.  We'd see him on every trip, just hanging out in that same yard.  It took us a few years to really get to know him and hear his family's difficult story.  Espwa supported his education for several years.  At the same time, and unbeknownst to our team, one of the families in our network, the Hoobler's, formed a relationship with Sony's brother, Joel.  They grew to sincerely admire his work ethic at school and in the support of his family.  This trustworthy young man had been slowly working to build his family a home with whatever income he could scrape together. If you've been following this story, you know that Joel's life was tragically taken in 2021. However, we are committed to continuing to support the Joseph family. 

We can only do this with your generous support.  Please consider a donation towards this project and change several lives in the process. Thank you!

Name Date Amount Comments
Amy Hoobler 03/10/2019 $1,000.00 Can't wait to see the finished home :)
Amy Hoobler 11/04/2018 $2,500.00  
David Heimann 08/24/2018 $1,000.00 in honor of Qadree Ollison
Amy Hoobler 08/03/2018 $4,000.00  
Amy Hoobler 08/03/2018 $100.00 Eliza Hoobler's donation
Anonymous Friend 07/30/2018 $30.00 John 14:23
Pittsburgh Kids Foundation 04/24/2018 $1,000.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2018 $500.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/20/2018 $100.00  
Lauren Schwendimann 03/19/2018 $100.00 Good luck!
Michael Oren 02/15/2018 $100.00  
Kara Smith 07/30/2017 $200.00 A bit late, but hopefully still helpful. :)
Richard Law 07/23/2017 $316.00  
Jim Richardson 07/20/2017 $100.00  
Alexis Abell 07/20/2017 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/16/2017 $500.00  
Allison Jackson 07/15/2017 $25.00  
David Raber 07/13/2017 $100.00 Thanks Rick for putting this together
Alexander Raring 07/13/2017 $75.00 Thanks for the opportunity to help.
Donald Fawcett 07/13/2017 $250.00  
Marylyn Eubank 07/11/2017 $100.00  
Jaclyn Madden 07/10/2017 $50.00  
Doug Walston 07/09/2017 $200.00  
Laura Joss 07/08/2017 $400.00  
Lauren Schwendimann 07/08/2017 $100.00  
Lisa Hartman 07/08/2017 $50.00 Good luck to you Joel & Sony!
Brady Cillo 07/08/2017 $300.00  
Jim Wicks 07/08/2017 $250.00  
Sherie and Craig Masters 07/08/2017 $100.00  
Rob Hess 07/07/2017 $150.00  
Rick Hoobler 07/05/2017 $100.00  
Carrie Brady 07/05/2017 $100.00  
Michael Oren 07/05/2017 $100.00  
Steve Emmert 07/05/2017 $100.00  
Laura Joss 07/05/2017 $100.00  
JoEllen Kames 07/05/2017 $50.00  
  Total $14,266.00  
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