SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — The fresh snow is a reminder to Dee Whitaker and his crew working outside in the elements that nothing compares to having to sleep in it. The thought plays out in the back of their mind as they pour concrete for six tiny homes in Shelbyville.
Whitaker Concrete is one of many contractors donating time and materials to this cause.
“I thought it was wonderful because they are the reason we are out here doing this, for our veterans," Whitaker tells Spectrum News 1.
The plumbing and utilities are installed and with the floors poured construction of the walls and roof will be up next for a project aiming to help homeless veterans.
“To think they are out there committing suicide and are homeless. It just isn’t right," Cory Whitaker adds to his father's sentiment.
This tiny home village has been in the works for months, led by members of Veteran's Rural Outreach.
"There was a lot of folks that said I was dreaming, that it would never happen and when you tell me that I can’t...the Marine in me comes out and it’s going to happen," Barry Campbell says.
The 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran says he finally found his calling half-a-century after returning home from war.
"I’ve got to save some of these young men, these veterans that are in desperate times right now," Campbell says.
Each home will be approximately 360 square feet, have a kitchen, bathroom, appliances, and a front porch. They will be handicapped accessible as well.
Campbell was inspired by a similar project he learned about in Missouri. As soon as the concrete dries the homes will begin to take shape.
"I can't even put it into words. this is God's work."
A dedication ceremony is scheduled for May 17, 2020, once the homes are completed.