Joe spent 15 months in Nicaragua, where he lived and worked in a home for children removed by the local social services agency for causes of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
In addition to achieving fluency in Spanish, Joe gained a respect for those in poverty and a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings inherent to being born and raised in a wealthy part of the world. Joe learned how to be comfortable in the messy parts of life and to have faith and steadfast hope in dark circumstances.
Joe’s time in Nicaragua is an extension of Academy’s decades-long commitment to service. Not only does Academy aim to create life-changing experiences through lending, but we also believe we can Inspire Hope through our actions.
Oftentimes, this looks like meeting a homebuyer where they’re at and doing the legwork to help them overcome a difficult or unique situation. Other times, we take our heart for service out into the community, both locally and around the world.
To date, Academy team members have participated in more than 24,000 hours of service in nearly 1,700 different communities, spanning from Nicaragua to South Africa.