As part of our mission to answer God’s call, we instill hope and a sense of safety by sheltering our global neighbors. The Sukup Safe T Home® provides safety, security and opportunity through engineering solutions.
After the devastating earthquake in 2010, which left 600,000 people injured or homeless in Haiti, Sukup Manufacturing Co teamed up with GoServ Global to help provide people with a sturdy and secure structure to call home. “It was a simple decision when our safety director asked me if he could pursue bin homes for relief efforts,” said Steve Sukup, president & CEO at Sukup Manufacturing Co. “We are a family-owned company with family values and felt proud to contribute.” From there our staff spent the next year and a half developing the Safe T Home®.
Now there are more than 500 Safe T Home units in Haiti alone. “The idea behind the Safe T Home was to apply the same engineering principles we use to help farmers protect their crop, and provide safe and secure shelters for people in underdeveloped parts of the world,” Charles Sukup, commented, “We are very proud of the design of the Safe T Home and how it held up in the worst hurricane to hit Haiti in over 50 years.” Hurricane Matthew put the strength of the Safe T Home to the test with winds reaching up to 145 mph, being categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history. After the storm had passed, 100% of Safe T Home units were standing strong with just minimal damage, while about 10% of traditional homes remained. The Safe T Home units saved countless lives as community members crammed into the space to ride out the storm (as many as 60 people in one home).
“In this day and age, you usually have to dig through financial disclosures to see where your charitable contributions are going. It is refreshing to know that Safe T Home structures and GoServ Global are truly saving lives.” says Emily Schmitt, CAO and general counsel, a third-generation Sukup family member. “It only encourages us to further expand our efforts, and next time we hope it can save even more.” Her husband Andy Schmitt, also a third-generation Sukup family member working as capital improvements and infrastructure manager says, “When you’re given the opportunity to help or serve someone, take it. You’ll get far more out of that than you will be doing something for yourself. Life is about relationships and community and being there for others.”
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer.
The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa. The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
CoFounded in 2011 by an Iowa farmer and an Iowa missionary in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, GoServ Global is a non-denominational faith-based nonprofit that provides essential humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in communities around the world. They are a registered 501(c)(3) and have platinum transparency with Candid.
They currently serve communities through hands on involvement in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, India, Uganda, and within the United States. Their aid to share God’s love in tangible ways includes housing efforts, education, sharing the gospel, disaster response to flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornados, church planting, medical centers, birthing centers, homes for orphans and widows, and much more. To learn more or to join our mission, visit goservglobal.org.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. and GoServ Global are bringing the Sukup Safe T Home to countries around the world that are at risk to natural disasters. One of the founders of GoServ Global is an Iowa farmer who uses Sukup products. Together they discovered a mutual desire to use their time and talents to provide these shelters to women, children, and families who need a safe place to live.
Sukup is responsible for manufacturing the homes and preparing them to ship around the world. GoServ Global manages the fundraising, in-country logistics and plans to construct homes.
“GoServ Global specializes in organizing trips for teams to become involved hands-on with the Safe T Home mission and the ministry of sharing God’s love. You can sign up to join a trip as an individual, a family, a church group, or any group with an organization. They have led teams from FFA (Future Farmers of America) and many other organizations as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your organization can get involved!