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 address the building needs of small local churches in Philadelphia. The mission evolved to include the home repair for members of these churches. Initially, volunteers were recruited to do the repairs.
The model was limited as volunteer time was limited as many more requests were received, so the decision was made to hire a full-time crew.
In 2014, KBC spun off from its founders and became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Board of Directors made four major decisions: First, the organization needed to be self-sustaining. Second, it would prioritize the hiring of new staff with a focus on returning citizens. Third, the work would subsidize the home repair of senior citizen and low-income families. And finally, the organization would commit to the training and development of indigenous leadership.
By the end of 2017, KBC had expanded its crew to four members and had worked on fifteen major projects and seven subsidized repairs and renovations that totaled over $28,000.
Kingdom Builders Construction has had a significant impact on many low-income and senior families, enabling them to live in a home that is safe and secure and do so with a sense of dignity and pride. KBC has also trained a dozen returning citizens, many of whom are responsible and productive members of their communities, providing positive role models for their families, neighbors, and churches. Not only do the individuals benefit, but also the communities in which they live–every house that has a new roof or porch and every person returning home from prison who gains marketable skills, is one more step toward a stable and vibrant city.