24 February, 2017


The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces equitable, dignified housing, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate.

Who We Are

Since 1995, Urban Homeworks has been responding to the voices of our neighbors by providing dignified housing opportunities, creating space for construction training, intentionally weaving together a network of engaged neighbors, and mobilizing volunteers. By connecting resources and helping individual and communal assets emerge and thrive, we have invigorated neighborhoods with more than 200 redeveloped properties and a network of 17,000 volunteers, 1,200 construction trainees, and more than 400 Urban Neighbors.

What We Do

Doodlideo a brief video overview of Urban Homeworks.

Our Core Values

•    Compassion that cultivates dignity
•    Relationships that reconcile people to God and with each other
•    Biblical justice that liberates individuals and communities


Our Team

We are committed to hiring staff and contractors who reflect the neighborhoods where we work—and where most of our staff live. This commitment has challenged us to look beyond our own networks and see the potential of people we do not know. Our team is committed to the mission of Urban Homeworks and the means with which we deliver that mission to the community. For a staff contact list, click here.











Annual Report

Interested in seeing our impact? Download our 2015 Annual Report, or review our 2015 Audit


Board of Directors

Milo Arkema, Board Chair
Director, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Steve Firkus, Treasurer
CEO, Crew2, Inc.

Paula Haywood, Secretary
Program Director Girls Focus Program/ Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

Calvin Littlejohn
CEO, Tri-Construction

Collin Barr
President, Northcentral Region, Ryan Companies

Janice Downing
CEO, CommonSense Consulting@Work

Jewelean Jackson
POD Council Member, Community Leader

Shvonne L. Johnson
Community Leader


Urban Homeworks is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax deductible.