Build a house in 3 days

What starts as just a plot of dirt on Friday will transform into a home by Sunday.


Come one, come all

This isn't just for startup folks. Bring co-workers, friends, family, and kids. We're in this together.

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Create lasting relationships

Not only will you build a house, you'll also form authentic relationships with your community.

Everyone plays a part

These are just a few of the incredible startups and organizations that were represented during our previous #yesphx trip. We are Greater Phoenix, but we are greatest together.

Trip Sponsors

Phoenix Startup Week
StartupAZ Foundation

This trip will change your life

Seriously. Not only will we build homes for families in need and change their lives, this trip will also change your life. Read one of the stories from last year.

"Donating your time to work alongside a team of global citizens to build a house for those in need changes the lives of the volunteers as well as provides a home for a family in need. It's an opportunity to truly give back and directly help those who really need it. When you hand over the keys to the new homeowners at the end of the weekend, everyone's crying. It's just such a moving experience."Dan TyreDan Tyre
"Our entire family was changed for the better by our trip Mexico. Not only was it rewarding to build homes alongside our community members, but our children’s eyes were opened to the needs of others in new ways. We will be making this an annual experience for our family, and we encourage others to do the same, regardless of their family’s previous experience or current ages. You’ll be so happy you did."Nicole CottrellNicole Cottrell
"If you've ever wondered, "How can I have an impact?" Here's your answer. During the #yesphx trip last year, we had the opportunity to build a home from the ground up! We poured concrete in wheel barrels, nailed and stuccoed, and measured and cut two-by-fours. We're so grateful to 1MISSION for giving us the opportunity to share in changing the world, one house at time."Amy TyreAmy Tyre
"The 1Mission trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico was a game-changer in our lives. The experience of building a home in a few days with an incredible group of like-minded people making a significant impact in a family's life was deeply humbling, yet rewarding. This is a must-do for anyone interested in making a positive impact in our world."Kelly and Mario Martinez IIKelly and Mario Martinez II
"We’ve declared that Phoenix is building the most generous community for entrepreneurs, but people often ask what that means, exactly. How does generosity translate into the action of our startup ecosystem? While I could list a number of ways that we have been and continue to be generous toward one another, I have experienced no better example than the one we all witnessed in this life-changing weekend."Jonathan CottrellJonathan Cottrell
"It was deeply moving to witness people coming together to help another in such a profound way. But from my perspective something else also happened: The living and work situation for us was difficult in that most 'creature comforts' were gone. WE would have to create the beauty and comfort one another. We did. We filled the emptiness with human contact and connection. We did what people do when they have nothing but each other and time: we worked together to help one another, shared what little we had, sang, danced, and told stories. We had a Community."Stephanie SchullStephanie Schull
"As we scarfed down white bread and sandwich meat next to kids who had not eaten all morning, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are to have the little luxury of always having food. And plenty of options. As they hold their infant baby, I wonder how I would have done it here without money food or a roof over my head. Then I realized, they do it together. They band together and saw wood to make frames for walls. They hand mix concrete for foundation. And together they lay and level it. Together they hold up the walls. No fancy tools, no power saws or electric mixers. Just muscle, hands and the company of others."Jenny PoonJenny Poon

Mark your calendars

Want to get involved? Here are the important dates for registration.

December 15th

December 15th Register to attend

Register all guests who will be joining and submit your payment before spots run out.

January 5th

January 5th Finalize your paperwork

Make sure all paperwork is completed and passports are ready. (Anyone under 18 won't need passports.)

January 24th

January 24th Arrive at Basecamp

Whether you're joining the #yesphx transportation or driving separately, plan to arrive at Basecamp by 6:00 pm. It's about a 4-hour drive, so plan accordingly.

January 25th

January 25th Start building

Get up early, eat breakfast, and start our two days of intense home and community building.

January 27th

January 27th Return home

After three hardworking, rewarding (and fun!) days, we dedicate the houses and return to PHX.

It's an affordable experience

The cost of the trip includes your food, lodging, and building tools. Your expense is 100% tax-deductible as a donation to 1MISSION, too.

$280 per adult

That's any person 18 years or older. Passports are required!

$115 per young adult

This includes anyone ages 12-17. Passports are not required.

$875 per family

If you have 3+ kids under 18, you won't pay more than this for your family.

Want to know more?

Not a problem! Here is some more information.

1MISSION, a local non-profit startup, has been helping people in poverty earn a house by serving their community alongside other volunteers for years. During PHX Startup Week 2015, a group of volunteers decided to bring together a group within the #yesphx community to help support this mission. The first annual trip kicked off in January of 2016.

The cutoff date to register is December 15th, 2019. After that, you have until January 5th to complete your paperwork. This gives us enough time to get an accurate headcount for our group and plan accordingly.

Absolutely. This trip is not exclusive to just the #yesphx entrepreneurial community. Invite your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone who you think would enjoy the experience helping those in need.

Totally! We had a number of kids, both from the local community and the #yesphx community, participate in building houses last year. It's a great opportunity at any age.

Anyone 18 and over needs a passport in order to cross the border, but kids under 18 do not.

Take a look at the 1MISSION website for more information about Jason's story and their commitment to giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community.

Basecamp is located at these GPS coordinates in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. The driving instructions can be downloaded here.

We will be kicking off the festivities on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 pm. The drive is about 4 hours from Phoenix, but it doesn't hurt to give yourself a little extra time just to be safe.

#yesphx will be providing some group transportation, but we also encourage participants with larger cars to bring them. This will make the 10-minute drive to the building site a little easier during our working days.

Thursday, January 24th

  • Arrive at Basecamp before 6:00 PM
  • 8:00 | Welcome and overview

Friday, January 25th

  • 7:00–8:00 | Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:30 | Load up
  • 8:30 | Depart to build site
  • 9:00–4:00 | Build day one: pour foundation, build walls, and build roof
  • 4:00 | Return to Basecamp
  • 4:30–6:00 | Free time
  • 6:00–7:00 | Dinner
  • 7:00–8:00 | Evening program: Why community development?
  • After 8:00 | Bonfire and free time

Saturday, January 26th

  • 7:00–8:00 | Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:30 | Load up
  • 8:30 | Depart to build site
  • 9:00–4:00 | Build day two: erect walls and roof, square house, first layer of stucco and roofing
  • 4:00 | Return to Basecamp
  • 4:30–6:00 | Free time
  • 6:00–7:00 | Dinner
  • 7:00–8:30 | Fiesta night
  • After 8:30 | Bonfire and free time

Sunday, January 27th

  • 7:00–8:00 | Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:30 | Load up
  • 8:30 | Depart to build site
  • 9:00–11:30 | Build day three: final layer of stucco and roofing
  • 11:30–12:00 | House dedication ceremony
  • 12:00–1:00 | Return to Basecamp for lunch and packing up
  • 1:00 | Return to Phoenix

The cost of the trip includes food during the mission, communal lodging, and the supplies to build the houses. The fee is also 100% tax-deductible as a donation to 1MISSION.

We will be staying in bunkhouses of 35 people (not coed!) that will be included with registration. The bunkhouses are well insulated, the beds are cozy, and there are warm showers. To bolster the sense of community, we hope for as many people as possible to stay together at Basecamp.

Some important things to be sure to bring with you are clothes you don't mind getting roughed up a bit, some heavy duty shoes, a sweatshirt or jacket (it gets cold at night), work gloves, toiletries and any other items you need to be comfortable for three days. For those staying in the bunkhouses, bring a towel, blanket, pillow and any other bedding items you'll need. Leave the electronics at home, you won't need your computer during this adventure!

Nope! There's so much that need to be done. If you don't feel comfortable wielding a hammer, there will be another task more your speed. There will also be help onsite and instructions to guide the process, so don't be intimidated. Everyone can help.

For every 20 adults we bring, we can build a home. All the more reason to invite friends and family. The more the merrier!

There are definitely touristy areas within Rocky Point. During our trip, though, we will be volunteering in a barrio more on the outskirts of the vacation destinations. The common housing conditions here are, in 1MISSION's own words, “unacceptable” for human living, and we will help change that for people, one house at a time.

That's what we like to hear! Register now. If you're interested in sponsoring someone who can't afford the cost of the trip, too, please indicate that in the signup process.

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