2009: Helle Kallas Project
Inspired by a friend in need, Paul Latour, organized and completed a single day Radical Community Renovation worth $25K. This inaugural event was only meant to be a one off. But it’s astounding success planted a seed in the founder. “If I can do this—with no money, no experience, and no connections—then I believe there must be a way in which people across the country can do it too.” Thus, HeroWork was born, and the long road to a national program was started.
2010: Casa Maria (Refugee Housing) Project
In order to determine if the first Radical Renovation was anomaly, another event was designed as a “concept test.” This event was a weekend renovation of a refugee shelter, valued at over $100K. This huge success illustrated the grassroots support for the program. People and companies were keen to be involved.