First Story: 20 years of building affordable housing

First Story: 20 years of building affordable housing

Study after study shows that homeownership has a significant impact on educational achievement for students. When families move frequently, their children are more likely to have high rates of absenteeism and low test scores at school.

This is one of several reasons, BendBroadband sponsors local nonprofit First Story’s annual golf tournament and charity event.  Last year, the First Story Golf Tournament & Opening Night Bash set a new single-year record and raised $233,000 over the two-day event.  The outing was the largest golf event at Tetherow and BendBroadband is a Signature Sponsor of the tournament.  This year’s tournament has already sold out.

“Every penny raised provides much needed single-family affordable housing,” said Claire Duncan, executive director of First Story.

The two-day fundraiser kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 2 with its Wild West Charity Showdown, 5 to 10 p.m., at Tetherows. Gunslingers, Bandits, and Saloon Girls are all welcome at this year’s Opening Night Bash, presented by AmeriTitle. First Story urges attendees to “dress to impress with your edgiest jean, steel, feathers, lace, and leather!”

At the charity showdown, you can take a ride on this year’s mechanical bull, jam to the Brodie Stewart Band and dance late in the night to DJ Star! Party in the hosted Cascade Lakes Brewery Saloon, and enjoy authentic frontier fare.

On Friday, Aug. 3, First Story hosts its annual golf tournament, which has grown to be the premier charity golf tournament in Central Oregon.

First Story: A Cause Worth Building
Since 1998, First Story has embraced communities by providing crucial housing and funding in the form of a zero-down, no-interest loan for a home. First Story recently met several remarkable milestones including providing over $1.2 million in grants to charitable causes, and 71 homes dedicated to deserving and capable families. Homes are located in Hayden Homes communities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

First Story’s vision was formed by Hayden Homes chairman, Hayden Watson. Hayden believed every child should have the opportunity to grow and thrive in a decent home, every parent should have the dignity of providing a safe place to grow, and every family should have the chance to build wealth.

As the need grew so did First Story, going from a small organization operated out of Hayden Homes to a public, non-profit that, to date, has more than $11 million in assets. Housing remains the biggest obstacle for lower-income individuals and families on their journey to economic independence and, therefore, remains at the heart of First Story’s programs.

Since 2006, Hayden Homes has donated a percent of every Hayden Home sold to First Story as part of their “Give As You Go” philosophy.

First Story’s Impact: Families
“The gift that we are able to provide our families is so much greater than four walls and stick and bricks,” said First Story Board President Scott Knox. “For many of our recipients, owning a home is a dream come true, and we are profoundly touched every time we hand over a set of keys.”

Learn more about First Story and donate here.


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