BPC Students Donate Their Time to Help Homeless Veterans

BPC students Harrison Gentry and Johnna Goodman and BPC Professor Dr. Billy Puckett worked together to put siding on one of the tiny homes.

MOUNT VERNON — On Saturday, January 22, 2022, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) students joined volunteers at South Newport Baptist Church to help build tiny homes for homeless veterans. The Golden Isles Village Initiative is a project dedicated to building a community of single-occupant homes for veterans struggling to live self-sufficiently. When the students of BPC’s Ministerial Association heard about the project and working on-site at South Newport Baptist Church in Townsend, GA, they jumped at the opportunity to serve.

The idea for the project came from Rotary International District 6920, a donor to the first tiny-home community at the Cove at Dundee Veterans Village in Savannah, GA. Since then, partners such as Nine Line Apparel, Black Rifle Company, the Dustin M. Wright Foundation, Georgia Southern University, local churches, and other organizations and companies have stepped up to contribute to the cause. 

The homes currently under construction will later be transported to an empty plot in Brunswick, GA. Retired Air Force Veteran and Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey, compassionate towards the outstanding number of homeless veterans, knew the available land on the corner of G Street in Brunswick would be a perfect location for the tiny homes. With the help of Nine Line Apparel and Georgia Southern University, the future housed veterans will not only receive housing but will gain job training in a healing environment. These passionate contributors have dedicated themselves to seeing veterans honored for their service by providing them with the opportunity to thrive in civilian life. 

BPC is honored to know that our students share the same desire to see homeless veterans off the streets and into homes of their own. Dr. Billy Puckett, Christian Studies professor and Director of Missions of the Daniel Baptist Association, comments on the student’s helping hands, “
I am proud to work alongside our BPC students. They serve others with joy. They follow the example of Jesus Christ. When they see a need, they don’t hesitate to pour themselves out so others can experience blessing.

The students at BPC have a heart to see others succeed and thrive in life. BPC is pleased to see God moving upon the hearts of students to be Jesus’ hands and feet in all they do. Their contribution to the Golden Isles Village Initiative has not gone unnoticed and will make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans that deserve to be honored and cared for by their country. 

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