As promised in our blog last week, we’re compelled to write about the good that blessed our little slice of paradise by the sea in closing out 2013.
We’ve written about the miraculous contributions by the non-profit organization known as Families Helping Families (FHF) that builds homes around town for qualifying needy families. We’ve also told you about how they have brought in other non-profit groups like the Rotary youth clubs who have come down during the summer and built homes under the tutelage of the FHF construction leadership, namely Jared Parker, a respected contractor in Salt Lake City and Ralph Pew, a successful valley real estate attorney, who, along with their wives, Marsha and Janene respectively, assumed responsibility for FHF when original founder, Grant Walker, relocated and could no longer make the treks to Rocky Point.
What makes this project even more admirable is that no one takes one penny for their efforts or expenses. For example, when the Rotary youth come down to build houses; they have all raised about $1,000 each to pay all their own expenses for their trip, plus the cost of materials to build the homes. Between Ralph and Jared, they make many trips down each year to purchase lots, hire and organize the labor locally to pour foundations and install plumbing and wiring before the families arrive to build. After the home is built, they again hire locals to finish the drywall, stucco and install all the fixtures and appliances. These duties require thousands of miles a year in travel mileage and time alone, all at their own expense. Let’s not even count the days away from their primary career responsibilities that it takes to serve their fellow man.
Wanting to continue their ability to build more and more homes for deserving families in Rocky Point, FHF actively seeks further affiliations with other charity-minded organizations. In pursuing this effort, they were introduced to their newest partners, publicly traded LifeVantage Corporation (NASDAQ:LFVN). LifeVantage, a leader in Nrf2 science and the maker of Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer® patented dietary supplement, TrueScience® Anti-Aging Cream and LifeVantage® Canine Health, is a science-based network marketing company. LifeVantage is dedicated to visionary science that looks to transform wellness and anti-aging internally and externally with products that dramatically reduce oxidative stress at the cellular level. The Company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company operates in the U.S. and five other countries around the world with 67,000 distributors.
Through their large non-profit charity arm, LifeVantage Legacy, http://www.lifevantage.com/company/lifevantage-legacy/ the company is able to pursue their philosophy of giving back and making a difference in the world, raising and contributing funds, volunteers, expertise and products by partnering with organizations around the world that serve and support children, families and communities. In the FHF program, they saw as a perfect fit for that philosophy.
The success of this partnership is evidenced by the fact that in their first year (2013) LifeVantage raised enough funds through their generous distributors to build five homes during two trips of approximately 150 volunteers each, all of whom, remember, paid all their own expenses. They donated one home early this January and will return in March to donate the other completely finished and furnished homes to families suggested by FHF’s local organization, Casas Perpetuales.
As we’ve mentioned before, recognition is the last thing on the minds of individuals and organizations so committed to making a difference in the lives and communities where help is needed. Rocky Point is very fortunate to have so many generous individuals and organizations. Even though recognition is not sought, charity of such impact deserves acknowledgement; and we feel compelled to let you know about it.
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