By Baltimore Ravens Productions
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro DE/OLB pledged to build 58 homes in honor of his Baltimore Ravens #58 jersey number and traveled to Haiti before training camp in 2016 to witness the first 24 of the 58 families move into their new homes.
What did Elvis have to say after the trip?
“It was a special experience to give back and visit where my family is from. I was blown away by the quality of the homes for only $6,500 and how grateful the receiving families were. Watching families move in after being homeless for 6+ years was incredible. We have land for more homes in this community.”
Looking to the future:
New Story and Elvis plan to reach out to NFL players to pledge their jersey numbers or “pledging a home for every touchdown, interception, etc.” in hopes to evolve this growing community into a centralized location for players to visit, off-season camps, and fans to experience.
New Story identified and secured the land to build with the help of their local partner, Mission of Hope. The community was successfully built by locals who made fair wages and used local materials. Since homebuilding, the overall community and opportunity levels quickly began to flourish as a school was built for students on the same part of land!
Quote from New Story CEO, Brett Hagler:
“Safe homes are the foundation that give kids the opportunity for better education, health, and athletic dreams. Elvis and I hit it off because we both had the same vision of a thriving community – not just one-off housing.”
Want to learn more about the communities New Story has built? Check out our impact to date or make a donation to fuel more homebuilding for families who need it most below: