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Make Money to Drive Change

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

Hey, guess what I love to do when I make money? I love to give it away!

After flipping the Powell house, I chose two non-profits to divide 10% of my proceeds. I chose ShelterCare in Eugene, OR which "provides compassionate housing and behavioral health services for individuals and families wanting a safe and stable home in our community." If you live in a city like Eugene, you are accustomed to seeing homeless on the streets, living in tents, and often begging for money on street corners. Eugene is special because it not only allows the homeless population to be here when so many cities across the United States are making homelessness illegal, but Eugene also provides food, shelter, and mental health support to the unhoused population through many volunteer-led organizations.

While I am proud to live in a compassionate city, I am disturbed by the increase in cities across our nation making it illegal to be vulnerable, which is the simplest way to define homelessness. If every town and city committed to caring for a percentage of the homeless population, cities like Eugene and Portland wouldn't be flooded with so many people needing assistance. It is not the responsibility of a few cities to care for the vulnerable of our entire nation. To read more about our nationwide crisis, go here. If you live in a city that criminalizes homelessness, you can begin to make a change by contacting your local politicians.

The other organization I donated to was influenced by the story of Powell house. Since the former owner passed away from cardiovascular issues, the surviving family and I chose OHSU Knight Foundation for 70% of Powell's profit. Right here in the town of Eugene, we have this awesome organization:

The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute is ranked #47 in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by US News & World Report

· In 2018 OHSU developed the first total artificial heart, designed to be a permanent replacement for a failing human heart

· Today, physicians at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute are using microbubbles to restore circulation in damaged areas of hearts and blood vessels, just minutes after a patient arrives at the hospital.

· Scientists at the Knight’s Cardiovascular Imaging Lab have shown that a combination of ultrasound and microbubbles could prevent life-threatening infections and amputation.

· 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. It is the leading cause of death worldwide.

· The first-ever non-invasive procedure to repair the heart’s tricuspid valve was performed recently at OHSU. Previously, this was a risky, open operation that could be dangerous for the patient.

· Dr. Jonathan Lindner of the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute is partnering with NASA to prepare humans for deep space exploration and the journey to Mars.

To learn more about The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, visit their website at:

I consider it an honor and privilege to do the work of loving old homes back to life. I also consider it my duty to give back to the community so that my work creates a positive impact not only for myself and the new homeowner but for the people I work with and for the community. I am committed to donating 10% of my net profit from each home renovation to non-profit organizations that are doing good. Do you have a dysfunctional home that needs a new life? Please reach out to me at

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