The reason for establishing Bella Vita Homes is not just a story but a personal mission. My vision (or should I say God’s vision) was placed on my heart several years ago after becoming the mother of two little boys. Seeing their little faces made me wonder where I would be if I didn’t have my husband and family’s love and support but instead was thrown out into the world with nothing to fend for myself and my child.
As a child, I helped out at the homeless shelter on mission trips from my church and always had a passion for wanting to help people. As an adult, when I would see a homeless person my husband knew that I was going to stop by the store and buy food for them. For me, the point was not so much the food as the fact that for a brief moment they knew someone cared. It broke my heart when I would see a mother and her child at a shelter or hear about a mother who was forced into an unwanted decision because she saw no way to support her child and might even be forced out on the streets. I often tried to deny this feeling by saying, “It’s not my problem” or, “I’m just one person and I can’t possibly make much of a difference”. I’m not sure if any of you have experienced any “Ah-ha” moments but it finally hit me that I cannot make a difference but God can. Who am I to put limits on my Creator?
After researching some of the existing programs such as Florence Crittenden and LowCountry Pregnancy Center, I was surprised to discover that the number one thing that these women desperately needed was shelter. Too many women feel they have to stay in an abusive relationship just to keep a roof over their head, or know that making the decision to keep their child may mean being thrown out on the streets with no place to go. When I discovered that most of the decisions could have been avoided and were not due to “financial issues”, I was shocked. I am not wealthy or a famous philanthropist like Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I’m your average thirty-ish mom who works full time, doing her best to raise a family and make a living. I spent many sleepless nights wondering what I could do to make a difference. I recently became a board member for Jaiden’s Place, a nonprofit that helps provides shelter for single mothers and their infants while providing them with the tools they need to get into a home of their own and live productive lives. Jaiden’s Place is near and dear to my heart. When I met the founder of this nonprofit, our visions were exactly the same. There were too many divine circumstances and moments that brought us together to not believe this was where I was supposed to be. I have learned to be thankful for what I have, and five other women and myself have put heart and soul (and a lot of time) into getting Jaiden’s Place’s doors open. I have seen the struggles nonprofits face to either get the doors open or to keep doors from closing due to lack of funding. These organizations desperately need our help so that they can help others.
One Sunday morning my pastor stated, “The right question to ask is how much do I need to keep, not how much do I give.” That really struck home with me. My passion is to help people have a beautiful life – what was I willing to give up to do just that? What if a company was willing to give away their profits to support these causes? Bella Vita Homes is more than just another real estate company. It is a way to generate money on an ongoing basis to help support local nonprofits and organizations. We are committed to give away profits from the company so that others may have a chance at a beautiful life. Bella Vita was a natural name, because it means “Beautiful Life” in Italian. Bella Vita Homes is a subsidiary of Hobson Group Realty, LLC, a company that has been in the real estate business in the local area for years. Bella Vita Homes is a full service real estate company that can help you with all your real estate needs, and also enable you to help our community one person at a time.