Shack to Home: 2016-17 Special Project

The Story

A mom with two teenage sons fled Mexico due to some very difficult issues. The two boys are enrolled in DSISD and are trying hard to fit in. The mom is working locally in day-to-day jobs she can find.

The family is connected with the faith community through Pastor Jesus, a young Mexican pastor connected with Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, who is studying at the Seminary in Austin. He’s doing a terrific job of awakening the Hispanic faith community in Dripping.

Right now, they’re under the care of a young family who has opened their home. The space is super tight and only temporary.

As a more permanent solution, the host family has offered a shack out back as a living space, but it needs an almost complete rebuild.

The good news is it can be tied into the current septic system, water, and electrical. The shed is 12′ x 24′ and with your help, can be made into a small apartment, with a bath and kitchenette for this hardworking mom and her two sons.

See How it Looks in a Final Video


A Letter from the Mom at the Shack to Home Project to all the Volunteers

It has taken 9 long years, the process of separation from my husband, and removing my sons took 8 years of a life in a violent and very dangerous situation in México.

But always in God’s hands with His infinite love and mercy. Isaiah 41:10. I decided for a better quality of life for my children.

They have been little workers since their childhood; they have always stood by my side, never complaining.

My fear was doubled when I decided to leave my beloved Country. Ciudad Juárez was too dangerous to live in. The homicide rate has escalated to the point of making Juárez the most violent city in the world. Yes, in the world.

What a nightmare. I am 43 years old, and no longer the strong and brave woman I once was. Can I do this? I questioned myself daily. God help us. I believed in Him with more faith and more than ever.

We couldn’t imagine that so many strangers would offer us so much love, care, affection, and all the necessary things to make us a home. There is no doubt that God has been present in every step of this journey.

With great hesitation and embarrassment, we didn’t know what to do, or how to respond to all this wonderful help. How do we begin to thank every one? Starting with the owners of this place, that gave us a home to stay. Each and every single person who has donated their time and resources to make this shack into a home.

My nightmares, my efforts, my sleepless nights, my worries, my fatigue, my tears have now been replaced by a peace and tranquility that can’t be easily explained.

Thank you for making my job as a mother a much easier one by offering the people whom I love the most a home. My sons are in need of nothing because of this home made with love.

We are immensely grateful!

I am writing this message of thanks, crying and with tears in my eyes… an infinite thanks from the bottom of our hearts. We have no words to thank each and every one of you. Thank you to the Dripping Springs Community Mission Partnership group for doing your work with love and working for love!

READ DS Century News 3-09-2017 Article

The Transformation


We started with this.

After our first workday – a floor is laid.

Framed in.

Kitchen, bath, and living space where once there was just a roof. Siding hung courtesy of The Church of Christ.

DSCMP Board members, Robin Robinson and Lynn Osler at the finished home – no longer a Shack!

“Shack to Home” Updates

April 8, 2017

Can you believe it? The family moved in today, Saturday. It’s been a whirl-wind to finish up, but here’s the blow-by-blow.

Thanks to the Church of Christ – they game through BIG TIME by installing the hardie-board on the outside. Not easy. But they did a masterful job. And then it started – the infamous punch-list. Painting the outside, building a front porch, setting up the kitchen and bathroom, moving in furniture, hanging blinds – you get the idea. Pictures can say it so much better so enjoy. And thanks to so many people who helped with this project. There’s nothing like turning the keys over to a new home to a family that needed it.

DSCMP’s Board thanks you – Patsy Ward (B), Robin Robinson (B), Lynn Osler (B), Chuck Lemmond (B), Randy Pegler, Dave Edwards (B), Gustavo.

Small but very functional. And beautiful!

The kitchen is all ready to move in!

Air conditioning and fans to keep cool.

A futon for mom and bunkbeds coming for her high school sons.

Randy Pegler – thanks for helping to lead this project.


March 30, 2017

We’ve schedule the last workday to finish up our Shack to Home Project. Come join us, April 8, 2017 beginning at 8:30. We’ll be building the front porch, painting the exterior, and hauling off worksite trash. We’ll also be finishing up our punch list on the inside. You can see from the pictures below, we’re really close. Thanks to everyone who has helped with labor and with donations!

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March 10, 2017

We’re on the home stretch. Plumbing and electrical are all that need to be done. The appliances arrive on Saturday. It’s lookin’ “mighty tiger” nice. Check out the DS Century news article as well.


Got a little fancy on the bathroom floor. This is vinyl “wood” plank. Donated by our friends at SunTile.


Have just a couple areas to finish tiling and grouting but that’ll take a few minutes. Our tiling extraordinaires – Randy Pegler, Brooks Elliott, and Robin & Charles Robinson — did an amazing job.

January 21, 2016

Big accomplishments today. Bathroom door is up; tile work in the bathroom has started; kitchen cabinets are installed; and all the interior trim is up. Next up — outside siding installation, kitchen counters, and finish the tile. Then we have flooring, lights, fixtures and other finishing touches to make it a home.


December 3, 2016

Sheetrock is up and we’re headed into the final stages of installing plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets, flooring, tile — you get the idea! We don’t have another volunteer workday scheduled yet, but we do have a list of needs if you can financially donate.

November 26, 2016

We had a dozen or so folks volunteer this past Saturday and boy did they get it done. Thanks to Antoinette Andrews who took the following pictures plus brought three high school students to work. The group hung the front door, finished the Tyvek on the outside, and started and finished insulating the walls and ceiling.

Our next workday is Saturday, December 3 from 8:00-??. We’ll focus on two major projects — [1] installing the Hardie board siding and trim and [2] installing sheetrock. We need 10-15 volunteers so come out if you can.



November 22, 2016

We need 20-25 volunteers for Saturday, November 26, 2016 to take our Shack to Home project to the next step. Before Saturday, we will be installing the roof, plumbing, and electrical. Check out the following video for how you can help on Saturday.


November 13, 2016

What a HUGE turnout on Saturday. We had over 30 volunteers. Thank you everyone for coming out. We accomplished everything we wanted to except the roof, which we intentionally delayed until later this week.

Here’s a 2 minute video with some pictures of our progress. Stay tuned for the dates of our next volunteer workday.

November 7, 2016

BIG volunteer workday planned for Saturday, November 12 from 8:00-5:00. Check out this video for all the details about this weekend.

November 2, 2016

Join us this Saturday, November 5 for another workday. We’ll start around 8:00 and probably go until 4:00. Address is 101 Barton Valley Circle. And THANKS!


October 30, 2016

Our first weekend was October 21-23. We accomplished a lot with the help of some AWESOME volunteers. The floor base is in, materials are sorted, and we have a solid plan to move forward. Our next volunteer weekend will be Nov 4-6. Check out some photos from this first weekend.

Thanks to Randy Pegler, Chuck Lemmond, Adam Ahlman, Conner Mogen, Giles Andrews, Gonzales, Eduardo, and Gustav. And thanks to Antoinette Andrews for taking these photos and assembling our DSISD high school students!