Seattle Home Builder Inspires International Philanthropy

Filed in Home Building, NAHB Cares by on July 6, 2016 8 Comments

Building the relationships is just as important as building the homes.

For Mark Huber, president of Huber’s Custom Building in Kenmore, Wash., that approach applies not only to his local business operations, but also to his many international humanitarian projects.

Mark Huber plays with some of the local children in Siana, Kenya. Huber and his build teams value the relationship building with the locals just as much as the home building component of the project.

Mark Huber plays with children in Siana, Kenya. Huber and his build teams value the relationship-building aspects just as much as the home building components of each project.

Huber has helped build homes, libraries and churches in countries around the world, benefiting the lives of countless people with whom he’s bonded along the way.

“This isn’t about us simply building something and then turning it over to whomever is going to use it or live in it,” Huber said. “A lot of what we focus on is learning how and why these people live they way they do. When you come to that understanding, then it’s easier to identify the best way to work together and address their needs.”

In Kenya, he recently helped manage the construction of a much-needed medical clinic.

Up until last year when the clinic was completed, residents in the remote village of Siana had no access to medical care. Now, that care is readily available in a brand-new, 2,000-square-foot facility.

The work didn’t stop there. Huber and the charitable groups involved are also making preparations to build a housing unit later this year that will accommodate up to eight of the clinic’s medical staff.

The Kenyan clinic is yet another example of Huber’s dedication to helping others. What started as a meaningful way to fill some downtime during the recession has since become a huge part of his life.

Huber says his company typically does just one or two townhouse projects a year in the Seattle market, but the manner in which he manages those projects generates a healthy revenue to support his other initiatives year round. Much of his success he attributes to the more than 10 years of active participation in NAHB’s 20 Clubs.

“When the recession hit and all of a sudden I found myself facing bankruptcy, I leaned on the knowledge I’d gained through my involvement with the 20 Clubs, and I quickly turned things around,” Huber said. “In the 30 years I’ve been in business, I had never made as much money as I am right now, and that allows me to focus more of my time on our charitable projects abroad.

“Life’s been good, and it’s largely because of my association with the 20 Clubs – if not for them, I’d probably be working at Home Depot right now.”

Huber has inspired many of his friends, colleagues and family members to lend a hand.

Huber has inspired many of his friends, colleagues and family members to lend a hand.

With a large majority of his projects taking him to other parts of the world, Huber admits he isn’t home very often. Fortunately, some of his family members frequently join him on his travels to lend a hand. His wife and daughter, both of whom are employees of Huber Custom Building, are often at his side, as well as his sister-in-law and niece.

Beyond his family, Huber has inspired dozens of others to get involved with him, including church members, friends, and even local high school students.

“I’ve discovered that there are so many good people out there that are more than willing to help, but they just don’t know how,” Huber said. “The international work we’ve done has really helped me better understand the process and respect the needs of others.

“When I convey that to other people, it’s amazing how eager many of them are to help out.”

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  1. Mel says:

    What you’re doing is so awesome, Mark. May God bless you more as you continue to bless more people in need.

  2. I am so inspired by all that you do, Mark, and would love to join you on a project some day when Imcaj make the time to do this important work for our planet .

  3. Laurie Ann Phinney says:

    God Bless You!
    Sincerely,
    Laurie

  4. Jane Priest says:

    Way to go Huber family

  5. katherine carlyle says:

    you are an inspiration, Mark. Keep up the awesome work …

  6. Ted Clifton says:

    Mark, nice job of giving back. You make us all proud!

  7. Robin Ward says:

    The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of MA is involved with the “Be like Brit” program, that is in memory of Brittany Gengel, who died in the earthquake in Haiti. Len was the President of this association.
    We have members that bring other members with them to work on the orphanage. Brings them back to reality when working there.

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