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Families Placed
Caring Volunteers Engaged
Making a Difference

Creating homes
Creating communities
Creating hope

O Me! O Life!
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Walt WhitmanAmerican Poet, Essayist, and Journalist

Uniting caring people with families in need

There is a massive shortage of homes in the world. We need a new paradigm to create affordable homes and to empower caring people.


Families placed in safe, warm, and loving homes.


Volunteers served

Mark Cares Giving Back:
Make Your Own Mark

Empowering people of all skill levels to build quality homes for families in need

Experience the Power of Giving Through Homeownership

Your home is more than just a physical space; it’s your sanctuary, embodying your dreams and legacy. At Mark Eric Benner – Architects, we believe in taking homeownership to new heights by transforming it into a catalyst for change for your family, others, and future generations.

Homeownership: A Path to Lasting Change

Homeownership holds the potential to reshape the economic destiny of families. Your home can be the vessel that brings your aspirations to life while also serving as an instrument for profound and enduring change.

Building a Second Legacy Home

When you choose Mark Eric Benner – Architects for your home’s design, you’re not just crafting a space for your family’s joy and happiness; you’re creating opportunities for more families to find their sanctuary. A portion of your design fee will ensure that your home contributes to a second legacy home.

Join Us on the Journey

Throughout your home’s design and construction phases, we will periodically share renderings and photos on social media, tagging you, Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Solid Rock Carpenters, and Matthew Homes. Together, we’ll raise funds and awareness to support our mission.

A Ripple of Joy

Your home brings joy and happiness to your family and extends its embrace to another family in need.

Our Impact Over the Years

Over the past 14 years, Mark Eric Benner – Architects and Solid Rock Carpenters has made a significant impact. Together we have:

  • Engaged over 4,700 volunteers locally, nationally, and internationally, building homes and bringing hope to those in need.
  • Dedicated more than 16,000 days to restoring and constructing homes for others.
  • Undertaken 59 outreach trips, both nationally and internationally.
  • Built 58 homes across various regions, including:
    • Appalachia
    • Colorado
    • Illinois
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Mexico
    • Guatemala.
  • Hosted 20+ “Framing Day” events, crafting home wall sections locally and shipping them to partner ministries.

Giving Back: Our Journey

January: Bogalusa, LA

June: Franklinton, LA (“Frankilton”) – 2 new homes
October: Glenview, IL “Framing Day”
November: Bogalusa, LA “Build Trip” – 5 new homes

April: Tupelo, MS – 1 new home

June: Glenview, IL – “Framing Day”

June: Park Ridge, IL – “Framing Day”
September: Park Ridge, IL – “Framing Day”
October: White Sulphur Springs, WV – 12 new homes

September: Glenview, IL – “Framing Day”
October: Johnson City, TN – 4 new homes

May: White Sulphur Springs, WV – 12 new homes

May: North Chicago, IL – 2 new homes
June: North Chicago, IL – 3 new homes

June: North Chicago, IL – “Prep Day” 4 new homes
June: North Chicago, IL – “Framing Day” 4 new homes
September: North Chicago, IL – “Prep Day” 3 new homes
September: North Chicago, IL – “Framing Day” 3 new homes

Our Compassionate Partners

Solid Rock Carpenters (www.SolidRockCarpenters.org)
Appalachian Service Project (www.ASPHome.org)
Habitat for Humanity (www.Habitat.org)
Matthew Homes (www.RenewCommunities.org)
Designs 4 Dignity (www.Designs4Dignity.org)

Join us in making a difference through homeownership; together, we can create lasting change for families and communities.