Texas Students Build Tiny Homes To Help Homeless Veterans

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli, American Writer

Life for most Americans has changed in significant ways because of the unexpected pandemic. Despite the challenges most people have faced, many have chosen to continue being generous with their time and finances to help others around them.

A great example of this is a group of high school students in Houston, Texas who attend the architecture and engineering program at Kingwood Park High School. They partnered with a Veteran’s services agency over two years ago to build “tiny homes” for Veterans in their community.  It’s called the Students Helping Veterans project. The first recipient of a tiny home was U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, Edward Rodriguez. He had a stroke two years ago, which ended up tearing apart his life. He was given his home in 2019.

The students began building a second home after that, but were forced to stop working on it for many months earlier this year when shelter-in-place orders took effect. The students refused to forget their commitment, however, and finally went back to work once those orders were lifted. They finally finished building it in October 2020.

These tiny homes are just about 209 square feet and have everything a person needs to feel comfortable and safe. KVUE News covered the ribbon cutting event, interviewing KPHS senior, Parker Ryan who stated, “Being able to pick up a veteran off the street and give him a home to live in and grow is just amazing to me.”

To watch the entire news clip from KVUE ABC News and see what the tiny home looks like, click here.

We, at Sheltering Grace, welcome donations for the homeless mothers and babies we serve. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Each mother and baby will be truly grateful for your kindness.


Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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