To change lives.
To promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support.
20 years of impact… and that’s just the beginning! Our growth and the generosity of our donors has been nothing short of spectacular. Since our inception in 1998, our donors have stretched their arms across the Pacific Northwest and embraced communities in need providing crucial housing and funding. Just recently, First Story quietly met several remarkable milestones: Over $1.2 million in grants to charitable causes, 77 homes dedicated to deserving and capable families and over $11 million in total assets.
Since forming in 1998, First Story’s mission has largely remained the same: help people in need through funding and housing. We wanted to change lives by providing critical resources and by removing the obstacles to homeownership. Our vision was laid by our founder, Hayden Homes, who believed every child should have the opportunity to grow up and thrive in a decent home, every parent should have the dignity of providing her kids with a safe place to grow, and every family should have the chance to build wealth.
As the need grew so did First Story, going from a small organization operated out of Hayden Homes to a public, non-profit that, to date, has more than $11 million in assets. Housing remains the biggest obstacle for lower-income individuals and families on their journey to economic independence and, therefore, remains at the heart of First Story’s programs.
First Story would not be where it is today without the passion and dedication of Hayden Watson, Chairman of Hayden Homes. Hayden’s parents, Robert & Virginia Watson, had a passion for helping others, a desire to make a difference in the world and a spirit of selfless leadership. In loving memory of his parents and their endless commitment to helping others, Hayden founded First Story.
Since 2006, Hayden Homes has donated a percent of every Hayden Home sold to First Story as part of their "Give As You Go” philosophy. Although First Story is a public non-profit, the employees at Hayden Homes remain the heart and soul of First Story. Nearly 80% of employees donate directly from their paycheck to First Story.