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Sussex Friends Convert Shipping Containers into Homes Overseas

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Patrick and Lance in front of their prototype (Photo: WBOC) Patrick and Lance in front of their prototype (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Homes of Hope is a non-profit with the goal to provide sustainable housing overseas, all through converting used shipping containers into two-bedroom houses.

The idea started when Sussex County resident Patrick Staggs went on a leadership summit and decided he wanted to make a difference for people in need, she he called up his friend Lance Manlove, a local engineer, who had just come back from a mission trip in the Dominican Republic.

Thus, Homes of Hope was born.

"This is really gonna help break the chain of poverty and it's just one component of the whole cycle that needs to happen to get these people out of their hard times," Staggs said. "These people are in generations of living on dirt floors, crammed into houses that are barely held together, terrible conditions, and it's really for the kids who can't get to that next step to get out of this."

The first 20-foot by 40-foot container is set to ship to the Dominican Republic this summer, and it's going to be more than just a roof over someone's head.

"We wanted to come up with a process and a product that is not only going to be something that's going to provide shelter for these people but also be something that's sustainable and not gonna have any other bills or utilities needed for this," Manlove explained. "So with the solar-powered lights, the composting toilets, the ability to put a green roof and a vegetable garden on top of the container for the family to grow their own vegetables, I think it just really tied it all together."

The two friends said they hope more and more people will volunteer their time to help build, and eventually get costs down to $10,000 per container.

"People are just so excited to know that they have their hands on something that's gonna change the lives of someone else," Staggs added.

To donate or learn more head to the group's GoFundMe page.

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