Welcome To Be the Gift

Be the Gift is a local nonprofit in Colorado that believes some of the greatest heroes of our time are single moms who give their lives to raise their children and provide for them.  With their limited income and all their time poured into their kids, single moms sometimes struggle to maintain and repair their home.  Be the Gift’s team of project managers and volunteers work together to provide home repairs for single moms as a gift.  We give them a safer, healthier and more functioning home in which to raise their children.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Be the Gift is a faith based community with a huge heart for single moms and the incredible work they do each day to provide for their children. One of the greatest things we can give to others is our time. Our desire and passion is to provide opportunity for individuals, organizations, and churches to use their gift of time, go out, and assist their community with home repair projects.

Be the Gift works with the local community to reach out and provide home repair assistance to single moms as a gift.  We focus on providing health and safety to the family through these repairs while also giving them a well functioning home to live in. We come alongside single moms and their children, and connect those who need help with those who want to help.

Single moms may request assistance, or you can nominate a single mom who you know is in need of home repair. Project managers then assess and evaluate the areas that need home repair assistance.  Projects are scheduled utilizing professional skilled and unskilled community volunteers who spend a day at the home of a single mom and her children. All labor is donated and we rely on donations to purchase supplies and materials.

Be the Gift brings a new sense of hope to single moms and their children. Our goal is to alleviate the stresses of life by giving practical assistance to these families, and by serving them we believe they will feel and experience the love and hope that God has for their future.

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Meet Our Team

Chris and Marilyn Johnson
Chris and Marilyn JohnsonExecutive Directors
Chris and Marilyn met in college and have been married for over thirty years. Marilyn is a dental hygienist by trade and Chris was a youth pastor for twenty years in Loveland, Colorado.

Chris and Marilyn founded Be the Gift in 2008 in response to a great need in the community to help single mom home owners and their children with home repairs. The first home repair project was for a neighbor who needed new windows, and now we are a multi-city faith based community organization with a focus on meeting the needs of single mom families physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We love working not only with single moms, but the many volunteers who give of their time and ability to make a difference in the life of another. Every day with Be the Gift is a new opportunity to bring relief and make someone smile!

Jen Schaefer
Jen SchaeferCommunity Relations
Born and raised in Colorado – now doing the same with my hubby and our three wonderful kiddos! Firm believer that the best way to start your day is with a hot cup of coffee while reading God’s word. When I’m not working, you can find me cheering my kids on at all their sporting events, working on our farm in Berthoud Colorado, gardening or camping.

While I’ve know Chris & Marilyn for several years, I recently had the privilege of coming on board with Be the Gift in 2017. What a blessing to be a part of such a rewarding and collaborative organization! I love the hearts and vision of the people I get to work with and serve. Where there is a need, Be the Gift sees the vision to make it come to life for the single moms they serve. They truly are the hands of feet of Jesus.

Scott Johnson
Scott JohnsonOperations Manager
Scott has been a supporter and part of Be the Gift since it began in 2008 serving our single moms and their children as a project volunteer. He now is on staff as our Operations Manager. He will likely be the first person our Single Mom Families meet as he visits their home and assesses their home needs. He is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. He’s lived in Loveland for over 40 years, has great handyman skills and was involved in the golf industry and the landscape business.

He describes working for Be the Gift as rewarding to see so many moms trying to make their lives work while raising their children. He sees great joy and confidence returned when a project is completed. Scott recognizes the impact on all of our volunteers and says, “when you become a part of Be the Gift, you understand what it is like to do God’s work and lend a hand to someone in need. We cannot do it without you help, please join us!”

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