Jason Schneider Law
2008 - Founded
2009 - Built 40th House
2010 - 207Miles Charity Ride Launched
2011 - Built 100th House
2012 - Built First House in El Salvador
2012 - Hosted First Gala
2013 - Built First House in Nicaragua
2013 - Built 200th House
2014 - Built 300th House
Seeing the drastic difference between how we live versus those in developing countries has never sat well with me. I've never bought the idea that we have our problems and 'they' have theirs, or that 'they' are just too far away for us to help. I think we are all in this together. We have a responsibility to love and serve everyone, no matter what religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or what country they live in...we all have that 1MISSION.
Right out of college I fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a professional firefighter in Scottsdale, AZ. Although firefighting was both thrilling and rewarding, I felt God leading me to something more. I sought out new opportunities to make a difference, locally and around the world. This led me to volunteering in the barrios of Mexico, helping people who lived in horrendous situations. Focusing on housing – we built safe shelters for people living in cardboard boxes.
After dozens of international trips I began to understand that poverty is much deeper than its disturbing effects. Also, that many 'solutions', as well intended as they may be, do not address the root of the problem. It was going to take more than four walls and a roof to make a long lasting, sustainable difference in the lives of those effected by poverty. I started envisioning an approach that focused not just on serving the poor, but empowering individuals in their struggle against poverty ‐ building neighborhoods, and eventually, transforming entire communities.
In 2008, I was compelled to do more; I left the fire department and launched 1MISSION. From the start, we decided that we would build houses while engaging the community. There was a larger purpose in helping those in need; something radical was needed to rescue people from the impact of poverty. -Jason Law