Past Projects

Since 2010, DSCMP has helped over a dozen families secure livable housing and improve life skills. Below are just a few of our Dripping Springs neighbors we have helped.

 

Read all about our “Shack to Home” Project.

Widowed Mother of 5 Living in Unhealthy Conditions

The Story as told by the Mom, Rocio Flores:  Interview on YouTube

 

KEYE-TV CBS Austin also aired a story on Rocio and the lack of affordable housing in Dripping Springs.
Click here to watch the KEYE-TV Interview with Rocio and her family

 

During the winter of 2010, Chuck Lemmond, a local builder and coordinator for community help projects for the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, received a call for help. A young, recently widowed mother of five children ages twelve and under had frozen pipes in her mobile home.

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Upon examining her issue, Chuck realized plumbing was the least of Rocio Flores’ problems. There was black mold on the walls, a leak in the roof, and sky peaking through the walls.

 

 

 

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Chuck fixed her immediate plumbing issue, and told Rocio that he didn’t know how he was going to do it, but he was going to find her a new home. And with that promise, DSCMP was born.

Austin American Statesman, May 29, 2010

 

Chuck emailed friends and neighbors in the Dripping Springs area, who in turn emailed their friends. In response, forty people from eight community churches met on a cold, rainy night to discuss what could be done to provide this family stable housing. The group determined that $8,000 would be needed plus labor and other resources.

Those attending the meeting got the word out and within a few weeks, three times the needed amount was donated. The churches that were represented were DS United Methodist Church, DS Presbyterian Church, Gateway Bible Church, St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, and Church of the Springs — the first time a community of congregations had come together as one.

 

Over the next few months, this group — now called Dripping Springs Community Mission Partnership (DSCMP) — moved Rocio and her children out of the house, cleaned and stored furniture and clothing, and demolished her dilapidated trailer. It says a lot about this young mother’s faith to see her home demolished when she had not yet seen her new home.

 

 

 

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But the new mobile home did arrive, thanks to Patsy Ward, one of DSCMP’s volunteers and Board member. With the donated funds and Patsy’s contact with Mobile Loaves and Fishes of Austin, DSCMP purchased a new FEMA mobile home, built a covered porch entry, fenced her lot, hooked-up utilities, and moved her family.

 

 

 

DSCMP-Founding-pic HOME DEDICATIONOver 40 people attended the blessing.

The News-Dispatch, May 20, 2010

 

 

 

 

Rocio and Family 2010

Rocio and Family 2010

 

DSCMP continue to be a partof the Flores’ life because, for DSCMP, it’s not just about livable, safe housing. That’s only the beginning. It’s about being a friend to our neighbors, helping our families improve their life skills and overall situation.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next five years, DSCMP continued to be involved with their first family:

  • Helped Rocio obtain her GED
  • Helped her obtain her citizenship
  • Helped her secure a full-time job with benefits
  • Cleared some financial problems she had
  • Supported her children during the summer through camps and other activities
  • Purchased a computer for her children
  • Support and love at Christmas and other Holidays
2015 April family photo

The Family, April 2015

In 2014, Rocio received the news that the land where her mobile home resided had been sold for a new subdivision and she had a year to find a new location.Rocio family at table

 

Dripping Springs Century News, July 30, 2015

DSCMP began looking for a new location for her home. DSCMP ran a Go Fund Me campaign and raised money towards the purchase of land.

Unfortunately, no land was available that met their needs and budget

With 30 days to go, Bill and Jean Avera stepped forward and offered land for Rocio’s home.

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Another family stepped forward and housed Rocio and her five kids for over a month while DSCMP moved her home, installed a new septic system, rebuilt porches, and refreshed the inside of the home.

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Rocio, one of her daughters, and her niece help repaint the inside after the move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin American Statesman, Aug 2, 2015

News-Dispatch, July 30, 2015

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Bill and Jean Avera with Rocio and her 5 kids and Rocio’s parents.

Century News, December 17, 2015

Adorable Girls Living in Camper

DSCMP helped a local family with two small, adorable little girls renovate a mobile home that had once housed 40+ cats.

 

The family of four was living in a camper trailer behind this cat-hoarder’s trailer when it became available for them to renovate and move in. They began gutting the mobile home and networking within the community for building supplies.

 

Through Helping Hands, DSCMP heard about the family and jumped in with assistance. DSCMP completely gutted the mobile home.

 

DSCMP completely renovated the mobile home, both inside and out, built porches, upgraded the utilities, and furnished the new home.

 

All types of volunteers pitched in, from high school students to retirees.

 

 

 

 

Everything, including the drywall, was replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS Kids volunteeringEven the Dripping Springs High School Football team helped out multiple weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First ChristmasThe home was finished in time for them to celebrate Christmas with their first-ever Christmas tree in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls in bed2Girls in bed1Both little girls had their own room and their own beds. Thanks to generous donations, their room was decked out with FROZEN bedding and decorations.

 

 

 

 

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Their new home is warm, safe, and healthy.

DSCMP continues to walk with the family helping the mom secure preschool for one of the girls.

 

Dripping Springs Century News Article, Feb 19, 2015

 

 

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Mom lost her transportation and through a generous donated car to DSCMP, mom was able to get to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly Couple Living in Mold

DSCMP-Founding-outside beforePreceding her retirement in 2011, Sister Yvonne of St. Martin de Porres Church approached DSCMP seeking help for an elderly disabled couple in our community who desperately needed help in obtaining stable housing.

 

 

Senior couple 1Sister Yvonne had obtained approval from St. Martin de Porres Church to donate her mobile home residence to replace the couple’s current residence.

 

 

 

Senior couple 2DSCMP funded the move, the demolition of the current home, and supplied furnishings.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior couple 3

Senior couple 4

 

Senior Living Outside

Male in woods1DSCMP assisted a senior gentleman living virtually outside in the elements by securing him a camper trailer, hooking up utilities, and assisting him with some medical needs.

 

 

 

Male in woods2He now lives in a dry, warm home.

 

 

 

 

 

Aid for Tornado Victims

DSCMP solicited volunteers to help clean-up Gateway Estates Mobile Home Park after a tornado hit in late May 2015. Over 80 volunteers turned out on a Saturday to help neighbors rebuild.

Dripping Springs Century News Article, May 30, 2015

Letter to the Editor, May 30, 2015

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Aid for Wimberley Flood Victims

DSCMP volunteers also assisted with clean-up and rebuilding projects after the Wimberley floods in 2015.

Chuck Lemmond, DSCMP President and Founder

Chuck Lemmond, DSCMP President and Founder

Wimberley flooded home

Rebuilding flooded home

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Wimberley Volunteers helping senior in need.