The passion started many years ago, but after their daughter, Olivia Ray was hit and killed by a car while walking in a crosswalk in 2009, the desire grew, and the work is now dedicated to Olivia's life.
To keep building the homes, it takes 7,500 dollars per house. The organization "Olivia's Basket" is hosting its first ever "Eat Build Love" event.
The Ray family brought in an award winning chef and friend from Baja, Ismene Venegas to create a meal with Mexican flavor, but using all local foods for the event.
While the evening is to raise funds for the houses, the Ray family wants more to come out of it.
"Yes, we want people to be generous, and we want people to give, but honestly beneath all of that is our desire to honor every single person who comes. I want people to feel exceptional, I want them to feel invigorated when they leave, and I want them to see that they can be involved in something beyond themselves," Jane Ray said.
To learn more about Eat Build Love, click here.
To learn more about Olivia's Basket, click here.
Check out the recipe for Nopales (cactus) salad, as seen on KNWA Today and the Fox Morning Edge in the video above.