O Me! O Life!Walt WhitmanAmerican Poet, Essayist, and Journalist
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.
Caring Volunteers Engaged
Making a Difference
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.
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:
- Hosted 20+ “Framing Day” events, crafting home wall sections locally and shipping them to partner ministries.
Giving Back: Our Journey
January: Bogalusa, LA
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.