Posts Tagged ‘Builders of Hope’

Yes, Bankers Have a Heart

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Wells Fargo recently changed the name of all Wachovia Banks to Wells Fargo Bank as part of a recently completed merger of the two banks.  Wells Fargo now has more than 700 banks in Texas and more than 1,000 ATMs.  In and of itself, that is big news and Wells Fargo Bank now has a considerably larger presence in Texas and the Metroplex.

And while corporate transactions such as the combination of these two banks are important, the heart and soul of organizations come from value systems articulated by their leaders and carried out by their employees every day at the local level.

Wells Fargo recently contributed $100,000 to Builders of Hope and its leader, Norman Henry.  As part of their commitment to community service, Wells Fargo Community Bank President, Scott Wallace, and fellow staffers Dora Ramirez and Stephanie Couser, helped organize and assemble close to 30-35 employee volunteers who worked on three different projects with Builders of Hope in West Dallas.  Their story is presented in this video.

We tip our hats to Scott, Dora, Stephanie and Wells Fargo Bank for their monetary contribution to Builders of Hope and the contribution of service hours to help the people and community of West Dallas.   This is but one example of the considerable amount of community service the people of Wells Fargo Bank contribute to our city.

We welcome our readers to post stories about extraordinary people who have given of themselves to help others.

Homes With Heart

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It was an unusual invitation: come out to West Dallas to watch us tear down 26 crack houses. Norm Henry and the Builders of Hope team plans to replace these drug-infested shanties with beautiful new 3-bedroom homes for deserving families. To see the neighborhood physical change — and meet the people involved — is to truly understand what “transforming a community” really means.

Behind the bricks-and-mortar are some amazing, dedicated people. That’s the deeper level of what Builders of Hope does. They hire young men and women from the neighborhood to do the building. Some of the folks have sketchy backgrounds — jail time, drugs, petty crimes — but they have grabbed this second chance and run with it. Having grown up in the construction business, I was impressed by the level of quality in their carpentry, painting, and brick work. What’s more, there is a spirit of self-determination and joy around this organization that is inspiring.