“Someone out there is taking care of them”: The teacher and car mechanic from Iowa builds furniture for the needy in his spare time

An Iowa teacher and part-time auto mechanic, he spends much of his free time building furniture for those in need.

Nate Evans — a full-time teacher at Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale, Iowa — started the furniture-making project in the early days of the COVID lockdowns, when many students suddenly found themselves home to study remotely, but without the equipment they needed needed successfully.

“Two years ago in September of this year we started purposeful woodworking right here in the garage with some friends making desks for children in need.” Evans said.

Back then, he and several volunteers built about 2,000 desks for local students.

But that was just the beginning. The project then turned into an opportunity to help foster children and foster families by providing wooden boxes that would make the moving and adjustment process a bit easier for everyone involved.

“[K]ids are struggling to move to their new place with nothing,” Evans said, having found out about his sister, who had been a Foster parents.

In addition to supporting foster families, Project Woodworking with a Purpose, a non-profit organization, now builds all kinds of wood-based furniture, such as coffee tables and side tables, for people with many different needs.

“If your neighbors needed anything, if there was anything you could do to help them, that was the kind of family I grew up in,” Evans noted.

Despite their enthusiasm, Evans and his volunteers have faced several obstacles along the way. Timber prices increased significantly throughout 2021, peaking at $1,357 per thousand board feet in March, making procurement of materials difficult and expensive.

The group is also almost exclusively on monetary donations and donations in kind Keeping things going, and when and how much will be donated, is often unpredictable.

“We need some new tools like a belt sander, a hand planer and a few other things,” Evans’ group continued Facebook. “We cannot purchase equipment with donations, so all tools are my own.”

Despite the scarcity of adequate supplies and increased production costs, Evans and other Woodworking with a Purpose members have continued to “bless” people with their time and talents.

“We could do that for them and bless them,” Evans said of building furniture, “and give them a chance to know that someone out there cares about them, loves them and wants to do something good.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/somebody-out-there-cares-about-them-iowa-teacher-and-auto-mechanic-builds-furniture-for-the-needy-in-his-spare-time “Someone out there is taking care of them”: The teacher and car mechanic from Iowa builds furniture for the needy in his spare time

Laura Coffey

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