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West Palm Beach real estate investor Mark Evans partners with Columbus Ohio celebrity Maurice Clarett to give a ‘home a year’ to worthy families. “This is a hand up, not a hand out, to families in need” says Mark.
Mark Evans started giving away homes in 2007. “I'm on a mission to raise $1,000,000 for charity in the next 10 years” says Mark.
Although he is a West Palm Beach business man, Mark was born in Columbus. "I didn't pick Columbus - It picked me", Mark says. “I love the good Midwest values the city and community represent.”
Mark has donated refurbished and furnished homes before, impacting the lives and future opportunities of each family. He has recently expanded his focus, searching for ways to impact even more families.
"We want to give people a hand up, not a hand out", says Mark. Worthy families will have use of a newly refurbished home stocked “all the way down to new toothbrushes”, says Mark. This allows families to get back on their feet and tackle the opportunities life presents.
Last year, the gifted home went to “Final Salute” and was presented to an Afghanistan-veteran and single mother of a 10 year old.
This year’s recipient is again a single mother, also with a son at home. Eryk is an active child who likes to play football, basketball, likes to swim and play video games.
The gift of a home is a way to "empower people, not hurt or stigmatize them", says Mr. Evans. The goal is to elevate the recipients in the eyes of their family as well as the community.
This year Mark partners with sports figure and local celebrity Maurice Clarett.
Maurice has his own redemption story, going from national champion to inmate and now to inspirational speaker. He has learned many lessons along the way. His experiences taught him to choose the right path, how to make a comeback and just how hard it is to get started again in your life.
"You can choose to be a victor, not a victim" says Mark. "Maurice inspires other people who are down on their luck. He shows us we have a choice, and Maurice is having a great impact on people."
Mr. Clarett’s “Come Back” foundation will receive the remodeled home and manage the occupancy. Each family selected will have at least 8 months with a roof over their heads and a chance to get their lives in order and make a new start.
Mark's "Full-circle giving" honors his mentors and teachers who gave him the gifts that made an impact on his own life.
"How can we make a bigger impact?” asks Mark. “I want to help others stand up and stand out from the crowd. My ultimate goal is to inspire successful investors open programs like this in other communities."
The house give-away will be streamed live as it happens live on June 21st at http://housegiveaway.org/
“Yes,” says Mark. “This is my why. It's bigger than you or me. Are you in this with me? I hope you are