It’s not just about building buildings. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that is dedicated to BUILDING LIVES. We help others help themselves by assisting those who are disadvantaged with food, housing, education, and medical services and by providing opportunities for all people to grow and learn through fellowship and service.
The Poks are an elderly couple whose home was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. For months after the storm, they were living under the tarp. Due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we have built them a brand new "tiny house". They are SO HAPPY!
Paula is a single lady, whose home was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. After the storm, she was living from home to home as friends were able to let her stay. We built her a brand new "tiny house". Special thank you to Tommy Overstreet for taking the lead on this build. Paula is now living in her new home!
Hurricane Harvey Rebuild
In August of 2017, our area of Texas was devastated by flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. The storm dumped over 50 inches of rain in three days., killed 88 people, damaged over 20,000 homes, of which an estimated 13,000 were completely destroyed. Federal rescue forces rescued at least 10,000 people from their homes or flooded highways. Private citizens in their boats rescued an unknown number of additional victims. The storm left nearly 40,000 people living in shelters and 15,000 ended up in long-term temporary housing. In September, 8,000 families were living in hotels. In addition to homes, many small business were flooded. Our resale store, whose funding supported a significant portion of our education programming, was filled with nearly four feet of water.
With the support of many donors and volunteers, we have been able to help many families get back into their homes by cleaning out flooded homes, providing insulation, sheetrock, and flooring. In January of 2018, we began identifying people who had total home losses and are good candidates to receive "tiny homes". These are mostly elderly, ill, single or two-people families. In March of 2018, we built the first of these homes. The homes are engineered and windstorm (WPI8) certified. They are built several feet off of the ground to insure protection from future floods. The cost to build a "tiny house" is $20,000.
There are still many people who are not back in their homes. We will continue building as long as we have volunteers and funds available, but we need your help.
We have a big need for financial support for our children's home as well as the Les Joie School in Haiti.
Think your donation won't make a difference? Meet Yonel. Pictured above on the left is how Yonel looked when we found him abandoned in the mountains of Haiti in 2013. At that time, he barely spoke, suffered from malnutrition, and had never been to school. He was six years old. Pictured on the right, is two years after Yonel came to live in our home. He his healthy, strong, intelligent and a joy to know. He finishes at the top of his class every year and is making plans for a bright future!
Demolition and new home construction is underway for Mr. B in Alvin. Mr. B is a United States military veteran, who suffers the effects of a stroke. His home was a total loss due to Hurricane Harvey. We have demolished what is left of the existing house, and in April we began building him a brand new home!
In April, we welcome AmeriCorps NCCC Class Fire 2 Team! They will be living at our Alvin facilities until July while doing full-time Harvey relief work in Brazoria County.
Double-click the video below to see our Alvin, Texas, facilities:
The high school in Haiti construction is complete. We will be hiring the teaching and administration staff in July and are scheduled to open the school in September when the new school year begins. School in Haiti is usually not free. As a result, less than 50% of Haitians receive an education. The numbers are even less beyond elementary school.
Our school will be offered free of charge to students in Raymond. This means that most of the students who attend would not be going to high school if this particular school did not exist! We will be requiring that each student who attends learns English. We believe this will greatly expand their chances for success beyond high school.
Update - May 16, 2019
Mr. B's house is getting paint!
Mr. B with some new friends who came to help build his house :)
Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out this spring to package rice and beans and plant! The tomatoes, corn and citrus are all growing. All of this fresh produce along with the rice and beans will go to local food pantries.
RETREATS MISSIONS VOLUNTEERS
Come to Southeast Texas for your next group trip!
We offer the perfect rural "glamping" atmosphere for bonding, team building, and relaxing. Yet we are close to all of the activities in Houston, Galveston and Kemah! Plus, we can help you customize service projects for your group.
The new high school in Haiti has desks!
These were built by a local Haitian, and they are beautiful. Thank you to Friendswood United Methodist Church for funding these desks.