For more than two years, Vainceur and his five boys lived in an 8’x10’ tin shack with a tarp roof after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their home. Today, this Haitian family of six has a new place to call home, marking GoServ Global’s 300th Sukup Safe T Home® built in Haiti. This home is extra special because it was built by the Audubon, Iowa FFA team in memory of Sukup Manufacturing Co. founder Eugene Sukup, who died this past summer at the age of 89. Sukup employees donated most of the funds for the Safe T Home®.
“The Safe T Home® really embodies two of our values as a family-owned company – making high quality products from steel and giving back,” shared Steve Sukup, CFO at Sukup. “Building one of these homes in Haiti was a very fitting way to honor my father, Eugene, who founded the company and ingrained these values in it from the beginning.”
Sukup Safe T Home®
After the January 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, Brett Nelson of Sukup Manufacturing came up with the design of the Safe T Home®, measuring 18-feet in diameter and made entirely of metal, making it resistant to termites and moisture. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti with winds in excess of 145 mph, putting the homes to the test. Yet, all 200 homes prevailed with just minor damage, while the vast majority of traditional homes in the area were destroyed.
Homes like Vainceur’s. The father lost his home, his garden, and a year later his wife passed away, leaving him to raise all five boys alone. Vainceur shared how tough it was following the hurricane, yet today was a good day.
“Right now I feel at peace,” he said. “I learned that I was getting a new home about 3 days ago.”
Not only was Vainceur touched by the Safe T Home®, so was the team that built it. Eight members of the Audubon FFA along with their advisor, Brittany Elmquist and her husband, Joe, helped build the home along with the family.
“I will not forget the look of pride on [Vainceur’s] face as we handed him his keys for his new Safe T Home,” shared FFA student Grace Christensen.
Eighteen-year-old Jayden Hartl added, “It was humbling to meet a family that had lost nearly everything except for each other. They were driven and doing everything they could to try and get their life back on track.”
Since 2012, nearly 75 FFA students from across the U.S. have served on a GoServ Global mission trip.
“I wanted our chapter to be involved in this project to give members the opportunity to exemplify the FFA motto, ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve’ with emphasis on ‘Living to Serve,’” shared Elmquist. “Haiti is a country in need and our members knew they could be of assistance with agricultural projects and by having great character to learn the culture and respect those involved.”
After returning from Haiti, the team was so impacted by the trip that the Audubon FFA voted to sponsor Paul, one of the boys they met at the Joshua House Orphanage.
Last year, 325 volunteers served on a GoServ Global mission trip. GoServ Global shares God’s love by responding to disaster, empowering sustainable community development and creating world change through hands-on involvement in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Peru, Uganda, and the United States.
Shortly after GoServ Global began in 2011, the nonprofit connected with Sukup Manufacturing to discuss how the Safe T Home® could help those in need. Not only have 300 homes been built in Haiti, 30 more are being built in Uganda to house refugee orphan children who have fled war-torn South Sudan. Ten homes have also been built in Peru and 10 in Kenya.
The need for homes is great in Haiti as there are countless more families like Vainceur’s. One Safe T Home® costs $7,000 including shipping. To give toward a Safe T Home®, visit https://goservglobal.org/give/.
Vainceur and his five boys lived in this makeshift home for more than two years after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their house.
The Audubon FFA Team building the Safe T Home®.
The Audubon FFA Team inside the Safe T Home® with the kids of the family.
We are so THANKFUL for everyone who gave to our Year-End Campaign. YOU CRUSHED our goal of $500,000!! Our grand total is $567,315!
We stand in awe of an awesome God who continues to provide for GoServ Global through our donors. Thank you so much for your continued support of our ministries around the world. May you have a blessed 2019!
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!
YOU helped us crush our year-end goal of raising $500,000! Currently GoServ Global has raised $512,000!! We praise God for your gifts and continued support.
Thank you to everyone who has given to GoServ Global.
If you have not yet given, it’s not too late! Your gifts will enable us to get off to a great start for 2019!
May you have a blessed new year!
We are PRAISING GOD for YOUR GENEROSITY!
Just 2 days ago we reported that GoServ Global had raised $366,000 of our $500,000 year-end goal.
TODAY we are at $420,000 – reaching 84% of our year-end goal. Just $80,000 more is needed for us to reach our goal.
Thank you to everyone who has given to GoServ Global. We are blown away by your continued support!
If you have not given, it’s not too late! Join us! https://goservglobal.org/give/
Because of YOU – our faithful supporters – GoServ Global has reached nearly 75% of our year-end goal!! Last week we reported that we were only at 25% of our goal – ($125,000). TODAY we are $366,000 of our $500,000 year-end goal. Praise God!
Thank you to everyone who has given to GoServ Global. We appreciate your continued support! If you have not given, it’s not too late! https://goservglobal.org/give/
GoServ Global needs your help as we end 2018. Currently, we are $379,000 short of our year-end goal.
Your year-end gift TODAY will allow us to continue serving children, widows and families in great need around the world.
If you have given to GoServ Global on Giving Tuesday or have already provided a year-end gift, we sincerely thank you for your continued support! We invite you to pray with us that others would be moved to come alongside all of us in this ministry.
If you have not yet given, there is much to be done and we need your help. Please consider a one-time gift today or sign up to be a monthly giver – goservglobal.org/give.
It’s a BOY!
We are happy to announce the birth of Baby Ruben – the first baby born at the newly-dedicated Birthing Center up in the mountains of Camp Perrin, Haiti!
Ruben was born Dec 5th, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and is 19 inches.
His mother – Delencia – walked 5 miles to reach the Birthing Center. This mother of three had never been to the hospital to deliver her previous babies.
The Birthing Center provides prenatal, birth, postpartum, and gynecological care for vulnerable pregnant mothers & babies in the region. The facility include a clinic and 8 Sukup Manufacturing Co. #SafeTHomes.
To help more pregnant mothers like Delecia, click ongoservglobal.org/give, choose “Haiti Projects”, check “Additional Instructions” and write “Birthing Center”.
Read below to learn about the Birthing Center came about from a small church.
“How a God Used a Small Church to Impact Haiti”
by Kiven Lukes of Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Glenville, MN.
A few years ago, our church was about to celebrate its 125th anniversary. With our church membership of less than 50 people who were aging, our discussions kept coming back to “How long will we be able to keep the doors open?” We got so tired of that conversation.
So instead we decided to focus on doing something impactful.
Soon after I met GoServ Global Executive Director Paul van Gorkom at the World Pork Expo and saw the Sukup #SafeTHome for the first time. Next, we learned of a need for a birthing center up in the mountains of Haiti, where there were high infant and maternal mortality rates because of the lack of medical care.
This is a project our church can get on board with!
To get started, property was needed and then it was decided that 8 Safe T Homes would make up the birthing center.
We brought this information back to our church and we all went to work raising money for the project. Excitement grew at our church as donations came in.
Then #HurricaneMatthew hit and scrambled things a bit. Plans changed a little with the birthing center as it was decided to add a hospital building to the Safe T Homes.
So we got to work raising more funds. In April, 2018 a few of us traveled to Haiti to see the birthing center in person. And on Nov. 15th, a dedication was held at the center.
“I would encourage churches to think outside the box. Don’t think about what’s impossible … think about what’s possible. Be impactful!”
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 introduced a number of sweeping changes, perhaps most notably the limitation or elimination of many itemized deductions. Under the new tax law, state and local tax deductions are limited to $10,000 and the standard deduction is $12,000 per person. As a result, many taxpayers will now fall under the new standard deduction, unless they can increase what deductions remain.”
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Recently, GoServ Global responded to a couple of natural disasters here in Iowa. One was a flood in Des Moines and the other a tornado in Marshalltown. We offer all of our disaster relief services at no charge. We are currently in need of more funds to continue to help needy families. These funds go to pay for fuel, building materials and other supplies to help people get back on their feet. You can donate right now by going to our website page at https://goservglobal.org/give/and selecting “Domestic Disaster Relief” from the drop down box. Thanks for helping out.
We are also launching a fundraising drive by selling boxes of peaches from Colorado. Many of you might remember participating in this fundraiser last year and know how tasty these peaches are. Check out the flyer below to see how you can order some of these delicious peaches and help people who have been victims of natural disasters at the same time. Must order by August 22nd for delivery on August 27th.
GoServ Global’s Domestic Disaster Relief Teams have been busy the past month, serving in Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Albert City after storms hit the areas. Over the past month, GoServ Global has worked with more than 40 families right here in Iowa who were impacted by flooding or a tornado. We have gutted basements, carried water-damaged furnishings to the curb, and removed trees that were on top of houses, etc.
In Des Moines we are putting up drywall for the Rubio family whose house was flooded with four feet of water.
In Marshalltown, GoServ Global is continuing to take down trees damaged in the tornado. Last week, we worked with 7 different families and hauled 14 loads of debris out of town. One of the highlights was helping and praying with a couple in their 90’s.
Yesterday, GoServ Global responded to a storm that swept through Albert City with winds up to 80 mph. Several volunteers spent the day cutting and hauling trees.
Would you consider partnering with GoServ Global so we can continue to help those in Iowa who have been impacted by natural disaster?
To volunteer, call GoServ Global’s Dennis Anderson at 712-887-0862. To give, visit https://goservglobal.org/give/ & choose Domestic Disaster Relief in the dropdown.