A Brief History of Kingdom Builders Construction
Kingdom Builders Construction (KBC) was started in 2009 by the Kingdom Builders Anabaptist Network of Greater Philadelphia and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The original purpose was to help address the building needs of small churches and local ministries in Philadelphia. It quickly became apparent that many of the members of these congregations needed repairs on their homes. Initially, volunteers were recruited to do all of the repairs under the direction of the director.
This model was limited as volunteer time was limited. More requests were made than there were volunteers so the director hired a person recently released from prison to work part-time alongside of him. Eventually there were two full-time staff and several part-time workers, all of whom were returning citizens. Volunteer groups still participated with the work but in a supplemental manner.
In 2014, the Board of Directors made three major decisions: First, Kingdom Builders Construction spun off from its founding organizations and became an independent non-profit. Second, it was determined the organization would be self-sustaining through market-rate renovation projects, and all profit would be used to subsidize home repair for seniors or low-income families. And third, KBC would primarily hire and train returning citizens.
By the end of 2016, KBC had expanded its crew to four members, and had worked on eleven major projects, and seven subsidized repairs and renovations that totaled over $23,000.