Make no mistake, I’m making money on my investment. My home more than doubled in value in 5 years. My payback to my neighborhood is participating in community meetings and fundraisers that help long-term residents, many of which are seniors, pay for taxes and needed home repairs. Earlier this year, we found out an elderly neighbor had an electrical fire and was running what they could on a generator. The community association paid to have the home rewired. This summer, I have embarked on a mission to educate myself about programs to help seniors and less fortunate people stay in their homes so I can be of service to my community. Before I even moved here, my community fought developers and facilitated the building of affordable homes for seniors instead of another high priced apartment building. Within the last year, we banded together and fought a multi- million dollar investor who wanted to build a giant apartment building in the middle of our community without adding any affordable units, community enhancing retail space (for cafes etc.) or infrastructure to support the influx of people - AND WE WON.
All of this and I’m still making money on my investment. It is possible to be a compassionate human and make profitable investments. Rick Warren chooses not to. And that’s sad.