JGB Custom Homes recently had the honor of being hand selected by Mobile Loaves & Fishes, along with other top custom home builders in Austin, TX, to help build and bring to life the Community First! Village. This 27-acre master-planned community will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for our chronically homeless and disabled brothers and sisters in Central Texas. This is a national prototype and has already been examined by other community leaders in Texas, California, Georgia, and many other states with cities where homelessness is a widespread issue. The theme for the project is Building Goodness and in building goodness, we believe no one should have to sleep outside.
The challenge proposed from Mobile Loaves & Fishes was to raise $18,000.00 to pay for supplies to build one micro house. We gladly accepted that challenge and with your help, we can do it! When we reach our goal, Mobile Loaves & Fishes will then give us the privilege of building a second home, funded by MLF. The home model we chose to build, "A Porch With A Home", was designed by one of Austin's premier architectural firms, Page. By clicking on their name, you can read what went into this amazing design and concept.
In addition to homes, finding work, and getting those in need back on their feet, the village will provide the following:
▪ An innovative mix of affordable housing options
▪ Places for worship, study, and fellowship
▪ Memorial garden and columbarium
▪ A community garden featuring fruit- and nut-bearing trees and vegetables
▪ A chicken operation, beehives producing fresh honey, and aquaponics
▪ A workshop with tool bank and art gallery for micro-enterprise opportunities
▪ A medical facility for physical and mental health screenings and support services including hospice and respite care
▪ Walking trails
▪ An outdoor theater and bed & breakfast for mission visits
▪ CAP Metro bus stop
How can you help?
First and foremost, we need your help in reaching and exceeding our goal of $18,000.00. If you're able, please click here. At the very bottom of the page, there is an option to "Select Builder". If you would, please select "JGB Custom Homes" before submitting your donation. Whatever you are able to donate is greatly appreciated and 100% tax-deductible. For larger donations, naming rights to the homes are available.
Next, we need your hard work and ability to sweat with us, most likely during a couple of weekends in August. Tentatively, our first work weekend will be August 8th and 9th, but with the weather we've been having recently, dates are may change, as the ground isn't ready for foundations to be laid yet. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will correspond with volunteers to arrange scheduling. Our contractors have agreed to donate their time for things such as framing, electrical, etc., but there will still be a lot of other matters that we will need help with. If you have children and want them to have an opportunity to give back, bring them out with you. We can put them to work too! This project is all about community.
There is so much more to this project that we are excited about. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask us. We can't wait to get started!!
JGB Custom Homes