Murfreesboro UMC District Modular House Project
20 High School students per workshop session will be able to help build the floors for a new modular home. PLEASE LIMIT your church to a maximum of 4 students total in order to allow room for more churches to participate. There is not room for adults to participate in this project. The Murfreesboro UMC District Modular House Project team and adult members of the Tennessee Conference Disaster Response Team will be leading this experience. Students will need to wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and be prepared to work outside in potentially cold weather. They will be transported from Opryland Hotel by bus to Pennington United Methodist Church which is across Briley Parkway on Pennington Bend Road.
Workshop Session 1 will depart from the Delta Bus Loop between the Delta and the Gaylord Opryland Events Center at 9:15am and will return at 11:00am.
Due to the Tornadoes that struck Mississippi the weekend of January 20-21, 2017, the St. Mark’s Team will be going to assist with recovery efforts that afternoon. Therefore we will not offer the build opportunity in the afternoon. Those who have already registered for the Afternoon will be able to build in the morning.
WHY? WHAT? WHO?
The Red Bird Missionary Conference, which is located in Southeastern Kentucky, serves three of the nation’s poorest counties. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the UMC in the US, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person (Spiritual, physical, social, economic).
One of many annual programs of the Red Bird Missionary Conference is the Red Bird Work Camp. Residents in Red Bird area who cannot afford to repair their homes apply for assistance and Red Bird representatives are sent to homes to assess the repair work that needs to be done for applicants who are selected. Red Bird work camp volunteer teams are assigned to homes and perform needed repairs during their week at Red Bird. The repair work is funded using money donated by volunteers. Many of the individual repair projects that are done on the houses need to be totally replaced. The work camp operates in “catch-up” mode and the volunteers are performing band aid repair work. Building replacement homes for these Red Bird residents is cost prohibitive for the Red Bird Mission Conference.
The goal of the Murfreesboro district is to build modular homes for the Red Bird Mission Conference. The district has build sections of modular houses at various church sites in the Murfreesboro District. The sections were constructed based on specifications provided to the churches. Sections were picked up from District churches after completion and delivered to the Red Bird area. The first house was assembled on site and completed there. Red Bird Mission representatives identify applicants who qualify for modular homes during their home assessments and the officials select the family that receives each home. Red Bird officials agreed to be responsible for obtaining all permits and coordinating all inspections.
The choice to build modular homes vs other options was due to the cost of materials and that the labor could be shared by many churches in the Murfreesboro UMC District and as many others that would like to be involved. Church members, who are not able to participate in the week long Red Bird work camp, can be involved in building sections of the houses without leaving their hometown. Each church volunteered to build certain section(s) of a house. The church send a check (written to the “Murfreesboro District Modular Home Fund”) to the District Office for the cost of materials for the section(s) they volunteered to build. When all of the sections needed for a house have been funded, the District Office ordered all of the materials and pay for them out of the fund. The materials for the section(s) will be delivered to churches. Plans and construction instructions will be delivered to each church at the same time the materials are delivered. After the section(s) are completed, the church will call the District Office or Paul Givens to arrange for a pick-up. The St. Mark’s Disaster Response Team picked up sections from the individual churches using their disaster trucks, trailers, and bobcats to load the sections and transport them to Murfreesboro. When all sections are completed and picked up, they were loaded onto large over-the-road flatbed trailers, provided by Baker Construction Company in Murfreesboro, and transported to Red Bird.
The overall house is 32 feet by 24 feet; 728 total square feet with two bedrooms one bathroom (with access doors to both bedrooms), a kitchen/eating area a living room and outside will be Hardie Board siding. Each house will have a split mini heating/cooling system.
The first home was completed in August of 2016 with multiple homes being build, as per the arrangements with the Red Bird Missionary Conference, in 2017 and 2018.