Friday, July 21, 2006

Sheds of Hope

Lagniappe Presbyterian Church, 647 Demontluzin St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
To Volunteer: cammie@lpcpca.com

Conrad Velasco and Jake Earle originated the idea to begin shed projects in the Bay-Waveland area for families in need. We have hundreds of families who have requested sheds to store the few belongings they have left. There is very little storage in an average FEMA trailer. We have contracted to buy 8x8 shed kits that can be taken to homesites and constructed by minimally skilled teams at the homes of individual families.
(FYI - Conrad ended up bankrupt through his mission.)
Right now, Dr. Tom Armour has taken over the mission, has written new instructions to build the sheds, and remains an integral part of the work!
http://www.drtomarmourblog.blogspot.com is his blog on the work and how it is going

“Sheds of Hope” is part of the ministry of LPC which allows low to unskilled teams to connect with families in the Bay-Waveland area. The need arises out of the limited storage space in the FEMA campers/trailers. Many families use the sheds as laundry rooms and storage for full-sized refrigerators. Presently 8x8 sheds retail for $1,200-$1,400 dollars. These sheds are provided to the families at no cost to them.

Strategy
Our strategy is to assemble these pre-cut, pre-packaged sheds on the homesites of residents allowing teams of up to 10 to participate in the construction of the shed on the property as well as allowing team members the opportunity to share many hours with the homeowners. That time is the primary focus of the projects. It allows team members to assess spiritual and physical needs as well as the opportunity to ‘hear the story’ of the family. Each shed is pre-cut and ready for assembly. We add to the kit plywood for the flooring and 3 bundles of shingles along with some drip edge, nails, etc. (the list is below).

Cost
The cost of each shed kit has been negotiated with large home supply store at $450 per shed (they retail for $895). With the additional materials each shed prices out at roughly $550. It would be extremely helpful if teams could bring the tools listed below for construction as well as a vehicle with a trailer capable of carrying 1,000 lbs. for delivery of the shed kits.

Time
Construction time for shed assembly is approximately 1 day. Each team MUST have a builder or handyman who is familiar with basic construction and is capable of assembly from detailed plans. (Plans can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page)
NEW shed instructions- UPDATED 6.26.06 ANYONE building sheds needs this document PRIOR to your arrival.pdf (File Size - 7,587K)

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