100 Stories - Celebrating our 100th Homeowner

100 Stories

A Year-long Celebration
Marking Our 100th Homeowner!

This year, we're celebrating our 100th homeowner! To mark this major milestone, we're launching a year-long celebration of the dedicated partners, hard-working families and people that got us here. And you're invited to the party! Join us as we share 100 Stories from across the Pacific Northwest, showing the impact that we have and the lives we can change, together.

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Meet a Few of our First Story Families!

Saldana family

100 Stories No. 4: Saldana Family Profile

The Saldanas were our very first First Story family! Read More

Hagood family

100 Stories No. 7: Meet the Hagood Family!

Check out the before and after of their beautiful backyard! Read More

Hawkins family

100 Stories No. 12: From First Story to Next Chapter

Medical debt made buying a home challenging for the Hawkins Family. Read More

Hanes family

100 Stories No. 21: A Picture of Homeownership Came Into Focus

For Jillian Hanes, homeownership meant a permanent place to hang family photos. Read More

From Food to Foundations

The First Story 'story'

Our own story began in 1998, when staff from a small, family-owned home building company, Hayden Homes, decided to load some truck beds up to the brim with groceries and donate them to local food banks.

Food donations evolved into financial grants to local nonprofits and then ultimately to the founding of First Story, initially known as the Hayden Giving Fund. With Hayden Watson at the helm, we began to dream – could First Story put home ownership within reach for hard-working families who had done everything right but still couldn't get ahead? The answer over the past 20 years has been a resounding "YES" and now we're celebrating our 100th homeowner!

What began as a simple idea, has become an expanding network of partners, donors and inspired people working together, proving that anything is possible when you give more than you get.


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