Drake University alumni, staff, students and other volunteers worked together to build three tiny homes as part of their national day of service, “DU Good Day.” The homes are each 100-square feet and they’ll provide shelter for a member of Des Moines’ homeless population for six to 24 months while they get back on their feet.
The homes will be part of a future tiny home community designed by Joppa, a nonprofit organization fighting homelessness in Des Moines. The football team helped unload the raw materials and started building the bases of the tiny homes and other groups worked shifts building until construction was finished.
"This feels like a very tangible solution," Drake student Alex Ghekas says. "Each house we build will take someone off the streets and give them somewhere to go."