In the early 1990s, a young missions-driven real estate developer named Tim Shrout discovered a unique marketplace opportunity. The government was piloting a new grant program to incentivize non-profit organizations to buy and manage affordable apartments. It was a public-private partnership aimed at solving a looming national housing crisis.
Tim’s entrepreneurial mind began dreaming of a non-profit affordable housing company that could leverage this opportunity for the Great Commission. Not only could this new business sustain affordable housing for people who need it, the profits could fund priority global missions initiatives all around the world.
This missional business concept excited Tim so much he nearly left his other business ventures to pursue it himself. But ultimately, he decided to reach out to Dave Cooper with the idea. Dave was an entrepreneur that shared Tim’s passion for global missions. The two families were friends, attended the same missions-minded church, and were already working together on a few side projects.