Summer Creek and Kingwood Park students are constructing “tiny homes” for veterans. The students already are beyond the planning and designing stages and have begun “raising the walls” on each campus.

– December BizCom packed with great progress and projects –

The students described their project at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Summer Creek BizCom Dec. 13 at Summer Creek High School.

“We visited the tiny home community being built for the homeless in Austin and it transformed us,” Kingwood Park senior Nick Logan told the group. “It showed us what a tiny home can mean to those who have nothing and it showed us the pressing need in our own community. It’s something we need to do.”

Summer Creek Senior Blayne Adams said, after their visit to Austin, the students determined that they would focus on the needs of homeless veterans.

The Tiny Home Movement, usually considered under 500 square feet, was fueled by the 2007 financial crisis and the homes have been adopted as shelters for the homeless.

Summer Creek and Kingwood Park students worked with BRW Architects to design the two, 200- to 300-square-foot homes that are currently being built on each campus. Sarah Dalby, lead student architect at Kingwood Park, and Natalia Andrade, lead student architect at Summer Creek, displayed models of the tiny homes they built prior to beginning construction.

Once completed, the students plan to turn the homes over to an as-yet-unspecified not-for-profit for veteran housing.

“This isn’t a one-time project,” said Adams. “We want this to grow and we’re encouraging our business community to partner with us to build more houses.”

The students encourage persons interested in the Tiny House movement to go to the Summer Creek website to view a YouTube video that provides more information, humbleisd.net/schs.

Also speaking at BizCom was Lone Star College-Kingwood President Dr. Katherine Persson, who said if she wasn’t dressed up for her presentation at BizCom, she’d be in jeans on the Kingwood campus helping to unload some 18 trucks with equipment for the six refurbished campus buildings that were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

“We’ve got to get ready for the 13,000 students we expect in January,” Persson said. “We’ve got six buildings behind fencing right now but those fences soon will come down and we’ll be ready to celebrate our grand reopening on Feb. 15. We’re going to look like a new college.”

Lake Houston YMCA Executive Director Chris Butsch had great news that he couldn’t announce.

“He lost his voice,” said Talybra Hollings, membership director, “so I get to announce that Joe Cleary and Insperity have both donated $250,000 each to our support campaign.”

Those funds will increase the campaign total to almost $15 million, according to Hollings. The goal is $17 million.

The rebuilt and refurbished Lake Houston YMCA plans its grand reopening in March.

Summer Creek BizCom attendees learned that Technip FMC at Generation Park is the top fundraiser for the Greater Houston Heart Walk held in November. Employees Corey Caskey and Alli Craycraft reported that their company raised almost $400,000.

The Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk surpassed its goal earning $210,000 during the November 2018 Heart Walk, according to Ashley Adair, associate development director.

After being hosted by Lone Star College on their Kingwood campus for multiple years, Adair announced that the 2019 Heart Walk will be held at Generation Park.

A satellite of Humble Rotary Club – Satellite Club Summer Creek – is meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 8 a.m. at Summer Creek High School, Room 2204. To participate, contact organizer Garth Hentges, 281-436-1420.

The next Summer Creek BizCom will be Feb. 14 at Summer Creek High School. Look for the BizCom directional signs. For information about any of the four BizComs held at Summer Creek, Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble high schools, contact the Lake Houston Chamber, 281-446-2128 or lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.