In 2010 when Builders FirstSource first got involved with First Story,  it just felt like the right thing to do, said Builders FirstSource Sales Regional Manager Garrett Alford.

"Providing a home for a family, it’s one of the coolest things you can do for another human being," said Garrett. "And now our entire team is behind the mission of First Story."

For many of First Story's homes, Builders FirstSource--which is also First Story's 2022 Abundance Award winner--provides all of the lumber, siding, all the trim and the trusses.

"And where there’s a wall raising, our whole team shows up," said Garrett.

 Last year, he attended a key dedication ceremony for a single mom and her two teenagers—a brother and sister. The kids told Garrett that when they moved into their First Story home, it would be the first time they wouldn’t have to share a room.

"It just hits home. All the things that many of us take for granted, not everyone gets to experience—even something as simple as having your own room as a kid. That doesn’t happen for everyone, but First Story is working on that one family at a time. It’s amazing," he said.

Garrett's advice for feeling grateful? Go to a First Story key dedication ceremony.

"I turn into a crying fool—it’s just one of the best things ever. We are just so grateful to partner with First Story," he said.