To change lives.
To promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support.
To date, First Story has provided 64 work-force families with an
affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial
freedom. In addition, nearly $1 million has been donated to charitable
organizations providing food, shelter, emergency relief and basic human
services to children, seniors, veterans and others in need.
In 1989, a handful of employees at Hayden Homes, a home builder founded in Redmond, Oregon, decided to organize the company's community giving efforts by giving holiday gift baskets to families in need. In that moment, First Story was born. Formerly named the Hayden Enterprises Giving Fund, this simple aspiration evolved into a program which creates partnerships that provide opportunities for qualified individuals and families in need of affordable housing in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Combined with the dedication of Hayden Watson, then the CEO of Hayden Homes, this dream developed into a public non-profit in August, 1999. In March of 2010, the Hayden Enterprises Giving Fund changed its name to First Story to better serve its partners, families and communities.
Robert Watson, the founder of Hayden Homes, was a pinnacle of altruistic leadership. Known for his fun loving nature and endless dedication to improving the lives of others, Robert laid the foundation for the non-profit. This innate sense of giving was passed down to his son, Hayden Watson. In loving memory of his father and mother, Virginia, and their endless commitment to helping others, Hayden founded First Story. Although First Story is a public non-profit the employees at Hayden Homes remain the heart and soul of First Story. Since 2006, Hayden Homes has donated a percent of every Hayden Home sold to First Story helping to build wealth in the community for years to come.