YWCA youth program building tiny house for homeless veteran

Teens taught building skills through YouthBuild program

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s called a “tiny house with a big heart” – The Springfield YWCA’s YouthBuild program is building a new place to live for a homeless veteran. It also benefits young people who needed something to do to get their lives back on track.

The teens learned building skills as part of the YWCA program. Last year, the first youthful class completed the exterior, and on Friday, they showed 22News the tiny house that will soon be home to a once homeless vet.

YouthBuild’s Codie Venancio told 22News of his pride in the work so far accomplished.

“Oh, it was a workout- I mean trial and error. We processed the wood from here to there,” Venancio said.

Cody and his fellow trainees have acquired construction skills that will serve them well as they enter the labor force. The work that Cody began, Dominique Cese hopes to complete.

22News will follow up and show you the tiny house once the project is completed this summer, and when the miniature building turns a homeless veteran into a homeowner.

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