A Madisonsville church youth group is partnering with a local charity to help house homeless veterans get off the streets.
For the last five months, Chestua Baptist Church has been working with “A Home 4 Hero’s,” a charity building tiny homes for homeless veterans. Their goal is to have 18 homes complete by next summer. Chestua Baptist has already helped the group build one tiny home.
The group of 30 students led by Clayton and Tammy Taylor started building the 12 x 24 foot tiny home back in November. By next Saturday, they expect to the home to be complete.
Taylor said when he heard what “A Home 4 Hero’s” was doing, he asked his kids if they wanted to get involved.
“Most of these kids have never built anything, but they’ve been willing to jump in and give their time,” Taylor said.
“Those veterans who have fallen through the cracks and kind of given up on the system, that’s who we are trying to reach out to, those that want a second chance,” he added.
Most all the materials to build the home were donated. The rest of the expenses the group was able to cover with fundraising.
19-year-old Paul Beasley has spent weeks helping build the home.
“It’s challenging for me because I don’t know really what I am doing. I’m just kind of listening to how to put the walls up, or insulation. It’s really a challenge every day for me, but I learn something new,” Beasley said.
For most of the kids, it’s a learning experience, one that comes with lessons beyond skills in construction.
“We have people that go fight for us in this country and they don’t have a home. They’re out there on the streets, we see a lot of that, but this is just somebody I think who deserves a home,” Beasley said.
Willie Franklin, director of “A Home 4 Hero’s,” said he’s grateful for the youth group’s help, especially with so many veterans in need.
“Those veterans who have fallen through the cracks and kind of given up on the system, that’s who we are trying to reach out to, those that want a second chance,” Franklin said.
Franklin’s goal is to have 18-20 homes complete by next June. “A Home 4 Hero’s” would like to create a tiny home community for homeless veteran, complete with resources like therapy and rehabilitation. Currently the group has three homes nearing completion.
The organization is still in need of volunteers to help build and raise funds. If you are interested in volunteering, head to the “A Home 4 Hero’s” website.