BCMC Build began in 2010 as a charitable endeavor of SBCA. The first project was held prior to the BCMC show in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it brought together component manufacturers and their suppliers who generously donated materials, funds and even their time to fully frame a home for a family in need.
In 2013, SBCA forged a partnership between BCMC Build and Operation Finally Home, an organization dedicated to providing mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans and their families. Since that time, this relationship has resulted in the construction of houses for four wounded veterans: Cody Nusbaum, Anthony Feaster, Drew Wroblewski and Robert Kitelinger. Their lives have forever been transformed by the stability and security their new homes provide.
More Homes for Deserving Veterans
OFH has grown considerably since 2013. When the partnership began, OFH had coordinated the construction of homes primarily in the state of Texas, where the organization was founded. BCMC Build helped OFH erect their first homes in North Carolina and Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015. While OFH used to count the number of houses they built each year on one hand, in 2016 they completed more than 30 homes and plan to help build considerably more in the future.
This swift growth offers the membership of SBCA a significant opportunity. “The BCMC Build model has worked very well over the years to bring our industry together to participate in something that is not only worthwhile, but does a great job of reminding us all of the impact our industry has on people’s lives,” said Jess Lohse, 2016 SBCA President. “The Board of Directors agreed it’s time we modify our approach and think about our partnership with OFH as something that is active year round.”
The Future of BCMC Build
In 2017, SBCA embarked on a new partnership with OFH. Instead of coordinating the framing of one project each October, SBCA will work with OFH throughout the year to raise awareness of projects where a homebuilder has stepped forward to build a house and a wounded veteran has been identified to receive it. SBCA will connect its chapters and individual members interested in supporting OFH projects with builders, as well as provide logistic and promotion assistance as needed.
“This expanded approach will give more manufacturers and suppliers a chance to directly participate in a project and see first-hand the huge impact their generosity can have on someone who has given so much in protecting the many freedoms we have in our country. A broader approach will allow manufacturer and chapter contributions to have a direct impact on the deserving recipients and will minimize logistic costs moving forward,” said Lohse. “I hope all of our members will find a way to get involved.”