HOME is so much more than shelter. The goal of Project: Home is to create that place of safety and acceptance for those who are without. For some, it may be a home away from home during a crisis. For others, it may be the only home ever experienced.
We at Project: Home believe that broken lives can change course when they encounter love and safety and peace - in other words, when they encounter a home.
Today there are an estimated 150 million orphans in the world. In addition to these precious children, the number of people experiencing homelessness is overwhelming. Those in the US alone that are expected to experience homelessness this year is estimated at 3.5 million. These numbers are incomprehensible, but doing nothing is even more so.
James, the New Testament writer and brother of Jesus, urged followers of Jesus to take the social needs of their communities to heart. He wrote, "Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." In other words, what good is your religion if it doesn't make the world a better place for those in need?
This is why Drew and Chelsea Schofield founded Project: Home as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization with the intention of addressing the global need for HOMES. We take seriously Jesus' words, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40). We attempt to do this on two fronts:
Project: Home International is the division of the organization that focuses on orphan care in countries outside the US. by providing matching grants to those seeking to adopt internationally. Applicants receive up to $3000 from P:H toward their adoption and may also take advantage of other fundraising opportunities as they become available through P:H. Beyond adoption fundraising, Project: Home International also seeks to prevent the creation of new orphans due to poverty; to do this, we provide grants to outreach programs that provide aide to mothers and families in crisis.
Project: Home Colorado is the newly-added division of the organization that focuses on local social needs by providing affordable emergency and transitional housing within the context of a host home for adults and families in need. Residents of the program may include women in crisis pregnancy situations, homeless families, refugees, families of patients who are sick in the hospital, and others. Host families provide a self-contained apartment within their home and provide encouragement and mentoring to residents.
Drew and Chelsea Schofield launched the initial phase of Project: Home in December 2012. Drew is a Denver-based singer/songwriter, and he wanted his music to stand for more than just a successful career in the music industry. Drew and Chelsea had long talked about making adoption a part of their lives, and so they decided to launch an initiative to help start their journey. Project: Home was birthed alongside the release of Drew's debut album Away We Go. Every online sale of Drew's song "Home" and 10% of every album sold went into an account to help fund their eventual adoption.
In June of 2014, Drew and Chelsea took an even bigger step toward adoption through a very successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which helped to record Drew's next record entitled 150 Million (-1). (Watch their campaign video below to see how this record became a reality)
The Indiegogo campaign raised over $10,000 in 6 weeks! This funded an album that would serve as an ongoing fundraising tool for Project: Home; every penny earned from sales of 150 Million (-1) has gone toward Project: Home. In addition, the over $6,000 that was raised above the cost of production went to the cause.
Fast forward to 2016, and Drew and Chelsea are still in the process of adopting. They have learned over the years that international adoption can be unpredictable, heartbreaking, and requires much patience and perseverance; the Schofields have experienced four failed referrals in Uganda since their home study was submitted in April of 2014. Furthermore, as of February 2016, Uganda has changed the law for international adoptions; they now require adoptive families to live in Uganda for one year before allowing adoptions to move forward. This has forced Drew and Chelsea to explore other possible countries for their adoption. For updates on their continued journey, you can sign up for the Project: Home newsletter at the top of this page.