Trillions of dollars are poured into alleviating poverty every year with very little impact on the overall statistics. While a meal given in a crisis situation meets a very real need, there is also a need for much more. We are providing the more.
Elevate Lives uses a highly relational model of moving families from poverty to flourishing. We incorporate the components of housing, mentoring, and training in the process, and accomplish our goals through collaboration with local non-profits, businesses, churches, and government.
Carefully selected families rent homes that have been renovated to reflect the high value God places on each individual. These homes are leased at a reduced rate, with a monthly discount given for completing action steps to move out of poverty which are specifically tailored to their unique situation.
As independence is gained, these families give back by helping others along the same path they’ve been down, furthering the work that has been started.
With help from people like you, we’re seeing change take place that will multiply and impact generations to come. Join us in supporting these families today!
Elevate Lives was founded in 2007 by Russ Gosselin to improve lives in an impoverished neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While in Colorado Springs, Russ spearheaded multiple community improvement efforts, including an adjunct role as Chief Strategy/Operations Officer for Springs Rescue Mission, where he spearheaded two successful Affordable Housing Program grant-funded projects, one in 2011 and one in 2012. These two projects created over 100 housing units for homeless and addicted men and women.
In 2012, Convoy of Hope, an international non-profit organization committed to helping local churches reach the poor, heard of what Russ was doing with Elevate Lives in Colorado. Accordingly, Russ and his wife Sharon moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2013 where Convoy of Hope is headquartered, to employ his community changing efforts to that city and train leaders all across America.
Upon moving to Springfield, Russ provided Convoy of Hope with invaluable assistance with several projects over 3+ years. Then in 2016, and after more than 30 years in community non-profit and church leadership, overlapping with nearly 15 years in construction and property management, Russ Gosselin established Elevate Lives as a non-profit corporation in Springfield, Missouri to create affordable housing and supportive services for low-income families.
As of the summer of 2021 Elevate Lives has accomplished the following in Springfield: numerous city-wide community endeavors, collaborating with volunteers, community churches, social service agencies, and schools to empower families to succeed as well as acquiring 22 homes and rehabilitating ten single-family homes, all which were complete rehabs.
In conjunction with creating the reduced rate, low-income housing, Russ and Elevate Lives have empowered families to ensure basic needs were met, while also providing supervision and accountability, life skills, job training, and advancing the educational status of those they work with.
A Federal Home Loan Grant for $600,000 was awarded to Elevate Lives in 2020 to acquire individual properties and perform necessary rehabilitation to the existing buildings to house impoverished and homeless men, women, and children. Hawthorn Bank served as the sponsoring FHLB Des Moines member bank.
Through a variety of approaches, Elevate Lives actively engages in community partnerships to move families out of the cycle of poverty and into thriving and able to invest in others.