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Homes of Hope

Homes of Hope

YWAM Mazatlan’s leading mercy ministry, Homes of Hope was created in 2006 with the heart to extend a helping hand to needy families, to help them accomplish something that would take 20 years to do on their own. Right now we are focused on 3 communities here in Mazatlan, in order to see a more long-term impact rather than building all over the entire city. Our vision is to come alongside and serve the local church already working in the community to ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of the people are met. We desire to not only build these families a home. We desire to bring families to Christ to transform hearts and mentalities by showing them his love in a tangible way.


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Throughout the year, by hosting short term teams, YWAM Mazatlan coordinates the construction of these homes. Building with Homes of Hope is an amazing experience that everyone can enjoy! Bring members of your family, congregation or co-workers together by sharing 3-7 days making a lasting difference in the lives of a family. 

Together, we can bring hope, healing, and adequate housing to underprivileged communities here in Mazatlan Mexico. 

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Why Homes?

According to Mexico’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy, 46% of families in
Mexico live in poverty. Poverty means both a lack of income and a lack of access to government services such as education, health services, and social security, as well as basic amenities such as electricity, drainage, running water, and food.

Why Homes


  • In Latin America, households need 5.4 times their annual income to buy a house – Source: AHS
  • 50-75% of family dwellings are owner-built – Source: JCHS Harvard University
  • 30% of all dwellings are made with rubbish – Source: INEGI


Debt-free home helps leverage families out of poverty. Funds are not going to treat sick children and keep them warm, instead they can purchase resources for school and other necessities.



  • A child without a home is 3 times more likely not to attend school – Source: endhomelessness.org
  • A child’s poor educational experiences limit future productivity and career prospects – Source: endhomelessness.org

Stable environment encourages learning and is more likely to have a child that will attend and stay in school.


  • 2.5% of children under one die of exposure – Source: La Cronica Mexicali
  • Homeless children are 2 times as likely to suffer from asthma, ear infections, stomach and speech problems – Source: nationalhomeless.org
  • Moving from dirt to a concrete floor reduces reoccurring diarrhea by 43% – Source: nationalhomeless.org

Reduces incidence of sickness due to dirt floors and exposure improves overall quality of life.



  • Children without adequate shelter suffer more from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and withdrawal –Source: nationalhomelessness.org
  • Children are twice as likely to experience persistent chronic hunger and four times as likely to experience delayed development when homeless - Source: nationalhomelessness.org

Stabilizes emotional well-being, home life and marriage, as basic issues of survival are eliminated.


  • Families struggling to keep their children safe and dry each night feel trapped. They find it difficult to see beyond their situation.

Practical demonstration of God’s love for them inspires a response to want to give back.

Poverty is a complex issue and cannot be solved overnight. However, one of the main reasons families here in Mexico cannot pull themselves out of poverty is because they do not have adequate housing. Families often go into debt to make payments on their land or construct temporary shelters. The homes they are able to build are neither safe nor durable; a single tropical storm can decimate their house and force them to start over again. A permanent home can keep a family safe, discourage addiction and abuse, help a child succeed in school, and bring hope for the future.

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HOMES OF HOPE HISTORYWhen YWAM Mazatlan was pioneered in July of 2004, our small team of volunteers rented a large house with large dreams for training and transformation in Mazatlan. Upon meeting different pastors with service to the margined poorer communities, the team began serving alongside the pastors and growing in their heart for the city. Edgar Morales, the founder of Homes of Hope in Mazatlan, talks of how even he – a Mexican growing up in a low-income family – was quite shocked to see the living conditions of the families in these communities, and began dreaming of a program that would give better housing and dignity to these families. With that dream, he eventually sensed God (and his leader!) challenging that “someone” to be him, someone with no building knowledge, tools, or resources so that God would be the one to receive all the glory.

In 2006, YWAM Mazatlan stepped out in faith to build their first home for a fisherman named Martin. A team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne came to fund and build the house, fortunately with experienced builders who helped teach a lot of the basics! The excitement was high as Martin returned from a 3-month long fishing trip to the surprise of a new home, and Martin still talks of the impact it made on his family to see God provide in such a huge way, giving him the inspiration to continue bettering his home and life.

The goal for the first year was 3-5 homes, but with amazing favor from God, by the end of the year there were 15 homes built. Since then, we have seen many people impacted through this ministry – both those receiving homes and those coming to give. 263 homes have been built, as well as a church/feeding center as of March 2019.


According to Mexico’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy, 46% of families in Mexico live in poverty, meaning a lack of income, not having access to basic education, health services, social security, quality housing; and basic services such as electricity, drainage, running water, or food. 11.7 million people in Mexico are considered to be living in extreme poverty.

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Safety in Mexico

Each year over 39.3 million visitors travel to Mexico, which ranks it 6th in the world in total tourism. Since 1987, Youth With A Mission has hosted more than 100,000 participants in different parts of Mexico. None of our participants, groups, or staff have experienced any incidents of violent crime. We credit God’s mercy and our operating principles as being the key reasons for our longstanding safety record.

Safety in Mexico

Our Operating Principles:

  1. Group-based, not individual-based: Everything we do is done as a group. We travel and work in groups. At no time are people sent alone to do anything in Mexico.
  2. Staff participation: Each group has one or more YWAM staff members with them at all times. We are a full-service missions group and provide general setup and supervision of all our teams and groups.
  3. Local Knowledge: YWAM and its visiting teams do not work independently of the communities in which we serve. Any areas which may be considered to be possibly unsafe are avoided.
  4. Hours of Operation: Our work takes place primarily in daylight hours. Normally all of our activities are completed with people back in their rooms by 10pm. We also employ night watchmen at the YWAM Mazatlan base after working hours.

We appreciate the trust that is extended to us every time a group joins us in serving those impoverished here in Mexico, and we work hard to make sure that our trips are as safe as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to assist in any way that we can.

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program fees


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I want to come! How do I get started?

Step One – Contact us!

We love hearing from anyone who is interested in bringing a team down! Fill out the form on this page, and we'll get in contact with you ASAP and walk you through the application process.

Step Two – Reserve your Dates

There is a non-refundable $500 deposit required to secure the dates for your team. Your selected date is
not secured until we receive your deposit. We will hold your reservation for 30 days. In order for us to
continue with your reservation, the deposit must be paid. The deposit will then be deducted on your final

Step Three – Confirm Numbers & Pay for Trip

A final invoice will be sent once team numbers have been confirmed. The balance of team and house fees
is due 2 months prior to your arrival. This allows us sufficient time to purchase building materials and get
ready for your team.

How do you choose the families?

There are many impoverished families here in Mazatlan. As much as we wish we could help everyone,
we have a set of criteria to help us focus our efforts on those with the most need, and those who stand the
highest chance of benefiting from a house.

Location – Families need to live in one of three specific neighborhoods in order to receive a home.
Homes of Hope works in the same neighborhoods in order to build relationships with the local people and
churches and help oversee long-term change.

Land - The family must either own their land or be making adequate payments on it. Families must be
able to prove that the property they own is their only existing property.

Values Courses - Because of the overwhelming amount of applications we receive, families must
complete a values course created by YWAM Mazatlan prior to receiving a home. Through weekly
classes, the families are personally coached through topics such as stewardship, family values, Godly
parenting, and leadership. The goal of the values courses is to teach families how take care of their new
homes, encourage the emotional health of all the family members, and inspire them to go on and help
others in the community.

Income - While there is not a set “minimum income”, we are looking for families who wouldn’t
otherwise be able to provide a home for themselves. The typical income of families in these communities
is between $100-$200 USD a month.

Living conditions - Each applicant is interviewed on their property in order to get an understanding of
their current living situation. Priority is given to families with young children and those in more
precarious situations.

What size of a team do I need?

The ideal team is made up of 10-15 people per home (we can build up to 3 homes at once). However, we
do accept teams smaller or larger – it is just necessary to communicate with our registrar about your team

What is the weather like?

In Mazatlan, the cool season lasts for about three and a half months, from mid December to the end of
March, with an average daily temperature between 65° and 81°F – definitely the best time to be working
in the sun! The hot season, on the other hand, lasts from June to the end of October, with an average daily
high temperature of close to 90°F. More than hot, Mazatlan is humid: average humidity is between 70 and
85%. It may be a little stickier than you’re used to, but at least our base is located right across the street
from the ocean!

Are kids allowed?

Yes! The construction experience is awesome for all ages. The A and B builders on site are there to issue
tasks to everyone, including kids. If the day becomes tiring and attention spans start to run low, there are
almost always children from the neighborhood around to play with! It is incredible to see how helping a
family can positively impact a child. You’re never too young to make a difference in someone else’s life!

Check out our blog here --> Why You Should Bring Your Kids on a Homes of Hope Build

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