Non-profit organizations partner with local businesses to build temporary shelter in the Esperanza community

At least one company’s involvement in the project is personal.

AUSTIN, Texas – Local non-profit organization The Foundation of Others (TOOF) has partnered with a number of local businesses to build a new transitional housing complex in the Esperanza Community, a sanctioned homeless camp in southeast Austin.

Together, the groups installed underground infrastructure for the shelter complex. Now, just this week, they have built the first of four Quonset Steel Huts that will serve as shaded common areas for community residents.

“These key gathering areas will be a place where people can access food, sanitation facilities and build community with each other,” said Chris Baker, TOOF Founder and CEO. “We want to provide a place where people can be safe and progress through our programs, but we also want a place where people can thrive, be creative and thrive. In these Quonset huts, people will interact and build communities. Much magic and healing will happen beneath these steelworks. We are so thankful for all of the community partners who have come together to make these common areas a reality. I am continually inspired by the generosity, skill and hard work of this amazing group!”

Local companies include Lewis Investments, GI Custom Builders, Civcon Construction and Quality Steel Erectors.

“These contractors are donating their time and skills to make this a reality, and Lewis Investments has donated $40,000 to TOOF in addition to their services,” TOOF said in a press release.

Lewis Investments’ Kip Lewis said his involvement in the project was personal.

“It was incredibly heartwarming to see so many people coming together to give back. All of us who have donated our time and talent to this project have one thing in common: someone close to us has experienced extreme poverty or homelessness,” Lewis said. This project is my personal way of honoring my high school friend who was once considered one of Austin’s greatest athletes and died homeless. We hope that this project will offer anyone looking for stability, sanctuary, hope and the help they need to move towards a better life.”

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