About a year ago my friend John Henderson said to me, “Let’s build a house in Childress.” We’d just been talking about the houses that we build in Honduras when the conversation changed to, “Why can’t we do one in Childress?” John was much more confident than I was about pulling this off. In fact, I kind of laughed it off. Thankfully John wouldn’t let it go. After a bunch of homework was done on how to pull this off, we realized that instead of building new house we should buy an older home that needs work and do an Extreme Makeover on it … and then GIVE IT AWAY to a needy person!
Now a year later the crazy dream is becoming a reality, because this past Friday the “Augment Group” purchased a “fixer-upper” home, and this next Sunday work will begin on the first Augment Project. It was John’s wife Amber Henderson who came up with the name “Augment” meaning, “People coming together to help another.” I think the name fits well. Our goal is to become a community of people, who come together to redo a home, for a person that would NEVER be able to own a home on their own. This is not a church project, but churches will be involved in it. This is not a service club project, but service clubs will be involved in it. What this is is a community project and we want EVERYONE involved in it.
The past two months Randy Allen and others have been contacting skilled labor to help on the Augment project. We have many plumbers, electricians, roofers and other skilled labor who are ready to donate their time and go to work. We’re also lining up people (like you) who are willing to volunteer their labor to help do the Extreme Home Makeover. The home will be totally gutted and rebuilt. The foundation on the home is in great shape, but everything else will be replaced and redone. New appliances, new heating/air, new countertops, new tile, new windows, new fixtures, everything will be updated. WE ARE GOING TO NEED A LOT OF HELP.
This Sunday we’ll kick things off with a community work night at the house. We need mowers, tree trimmers, we need workers and people with trailers to help haul off trash. We hope by the end of the night to have the lot cleaned up, the trees trimmed, and the house gutted so we can start to working. Also, this week we’re going to be lining up work crews for the Augment Project. If your group (club, church, youth group, family, etc) would like to get involved, we could use you. If you’ll contact Randy Allen, John Henderson, Amber Henderson or myself, we’ll get you lined up to help paint, sand, haul off, or whatever it is you can do. We are easy to find and our phone numbers are all in the phonebook.
A recipient to the first Augment house has already been chosen for the home. Since it’s a small, one room home it limited the candidates. After many people were considered, Vickie Polley was chosen to receive the home. She will be involved in all the work from the very beginning of the project.
Come be a part of the Augment Project this Sunday at 5:30 at 303 Ave. H N.W. There will be hotdogs for those who come and work. Over the next few months, we’ll be using Facebook, the blog, the local paper and other means to update the community on the project. If you have ideas, thoughts or ways to help … please let us know.
303 Avenue H N.W.