It’s an Extreme Home Makeover (The Augment Project)

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.

Hopefully soon we'll be powerwashing the outside and repainting.

You can tell it needs some trees trimmed.

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Sarah S. says:

    I am SO excited for the people of Childress to come together to be Jesus and show Jesus… and I totally want to rip off this idea and have us do it here in Abilene!

    • Trey Morgan says:

      You feel free to take this whole project and use it were you live. After we complete this, we’ll know what works and what doesn’t work and will share any information that anyone would like to have.

  2. L.C.T. says:

    Very cool idea – I like it!

  3. Shelly says:

    How exciting. Childress is very blessed to have people so willing to give back to the community. God Bless you all. It makes me miss Texas even more.

  4. Ginger Wilson says:

    Trey,

    Count me in on this wonderful project!

  5. dina says:

    So instead of saying move that bus can we say move that ambulance?? I know Sister is very excited and I am excited to work on this for her. I love working with her. Count me in for painting and cleaning (unless we have pros that do it better than me).

  6. Michael says:

    Trey, this is awesome.

  7. Steve Gauntt says:

    That’s a lot better than an official Trey Morgan Snuggie sale! When I come visit I would like to see the house.

  8. Angie Cox says:

    Totally LOVE THIS!!!!

  9. teresa whitaker says:

    What a fabulous idea! Is there anything I can help do?
    Teresa

  10. Ericka Moore says:

    Awesome!

  11. Tonya Dodson says:

    Sister really deserves this. This is a wonderful idea

  12. Glenna Garcia says:

    This is soooo great. Vickie so deserves this. I have known this girl for a very long time and how wonderful for her. Of course I will be there to help. Oscar said he will help if needed.

  13. J Prude says:

    Trey, will you be going to Hobby Lobby to pick out the decor for this home?

    What a wonderful project-wish I was close enough to help!

  14. Amy says:

    I’m a grade A trash hauler. I’ll be there with a trailer on Sunday. Very exciting project that will end with a nice house for a very deserving lady. WOO HOO!

  15. Cheryl says:

    TREY you guys are the most AWESOME of the AWESOMEST, and Vickie is a very DESERVING WOMAN !!!! GO TEAM AUGMENT GO !!!!

  16. tasha davis says:

    Vickie is my wonderful mother. She deserves dis so much and thank u for chosing here. My mom has been through so much. U can’t believe how excited she is. Dis is a blessing. Thank u

  17. yuvonne says:

    Trey
    A few years ago Groom did this very thing for a needy person. What a blessing to her and to those who worked on the house. I know that she feels blessed every day to have a home of her own.
    God Bless you and the city of Childress for this project

  18. Carol Leighton says:

    If anyone ever deserved this it is Vickie Polley. I have had the priviledge of working with her and was blessed to have her as a nurse. I don’t know how I would have made it during labor of my 3rd child as that was probably my most difficult one without Vickie’s patience, support and esp. her strong arms. She has inspired me to be a better nurse.

  19. Colton Cook says:

    STUCCO WERKS INC. TO THE RESCUE!! HAHA.

  20. nick gill says:

    Trey, make sure you take into account the lessons learned by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition folks. When the value of a property is augmented, its tax base increases as well. When the property is given away, the new owner will be liable for those taxes. Several of the EM:HE homes have had to be sold eventually to deal with property taxes. Habitat for Humanity struggles with this problem as well, I believe.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Nick, That has been one of our concerns. We think we have it figured out. Thankfully we have a “financial genius” working on this for us … and no, that’s NOT me. :)

    • Larry Bob Lane says:

      I was involved with the Mineola, Texas Exteme Home Makeover in East Texas. There was a lot of money donated to cover a lot of the expenses you mention on that home.

      Let me be the first to donate 200.00 toward those taxes when the house is completed.

  21. Faith says:

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! It’s for Sister!!! She is so deserving, and I can’t wait to help. God is GOOD!

  22. Sharon Blackburn says:

    I wanna help!!! How exciting!!! I love it!!! Keep me posted!!!

  23. Lavona Aguirre says:

    This is sooooooooooo awesome! I am very proud for Vickie.

  24. lee ann says:

    so excited thank you guys for getting this off the ground ! Scott and I are ready to go!

  25. Tonya says:

    What a GREAT idea!! I love this!! I will also volunteer for any services I might be able to render.

  26. Amy O'Connor says:

    What a great thing you all are doing here! I am so glad to see such wonderful things happening in my hometown. I will definitely have to pitch in if this project is still going on when we come to town to visit the family. God bless!

  27. Greg England says:

    I would be there to help if I could. This is a great project. We always talked about doing that in Long Beach, but the red tape was horrendous, so we put our efforts into help a local home for unwed mothers do all their re-modeling work and that has been a blessing for the church and that home.

  28. Jo Baird says:

    This sounds so exciting. Be sure and add pictures from time to time so we can see the changes. We will pray for a great success and give the glory to God.

  29. Mindy Gibbs says:

    There’s nobody more deserving than Sister…She was one of my mentors while i was in nursing school….Count me in to help…

  30. Morgan Moss says:

    I am so privileged and honored to call Childress my home…even more proud that people like you are there with true compassion, a heart for God and His people and that you didn’t let this idea just slip away. I can’t wait to see the blessings that pour out just from this one and how God is going to move! GET READY CHILDRESS, BECAUSE GOD’S READY TO DO SOMETHING HUGE IN THE HEART OF HIS PEOPLE!!!

  31. Linda Willis says:

    What a wonderful idea…you go, Childress!! A lot of us have ideas, but they are useless unless you take the idea and go with it!

  32. Susan Holland says:

    This is truly amazing! The people of Childress, TX never cease to amaze me! I am so excited to see the wonderful and very talented people of Childress come together on a project of this magnitude and importance. I can’t wait to drive by when I am in town to check the progress and hopefully even get to help some on the project! God bless you for dreaming BIG dreams and sharing His love with others!

  33. Freda says:

    Very excited for Vickie. She is a very deserving person. We have also had her as a nurse for several of my family members. God has given her a special talent in nursing.

  34. James Henderson says:

    Erin and I are so proud of this project and all the people involved.

  35. Deana Herd says:

    I love this idea. Childress is near and dear to my heart. I will have to view your work the next time we visit my mamaw.

  36. Brice McDonald says:

    Hey! This is right across the Alley from me! We drove by today and saw ya’ll tearing down the building in the back saying to ourselves “What the heck is Trey doing out there!!!???” Its crazy that I came across this tonight! Whenever ya’ll need a “strong young man” to come help, you know where to find me! (Right Across the Alley incase you didnt catch that 😉 940-585-9995

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