Grace Like Rain Building Tiny House Community

Grace Like Rain Building Tiny House Community

by Susan Neuhalfen

t’s hard to believe that Grace Like Rain was started only a year ago by Argyle’s own Michelle Conner. The non-profit was created to help struggling families that need a little boost to get back on their feet. Conner says Grace Like Rain was created for the purpose of providing community for families that are struggling. Our goal is to help families stay together.

“The volunteers at Grace Like Rain are a support system of friends, neighbors and family, for people who are struggling,” said Michelle. “This is something that most of us take for granted and something that our families don’t have.”

The homeless population in Denton County has grown considerably, and many of those who are homeless are families with children. Grace Like Rain has helped many families to get an affordable roof over their heads, a stable job, steady income, childcare and the counseling they need to budget and save for the future.

Now Grace Like Rain is bringing a new dream to reality: the Grace Like Rain Community Village.

“Our original vision was a large house where several families would live,” said Michelle. “Now our plan is several ‘tiny’ houses, each about 875 square feet, in which families could live while in transition.”

Affordable housing is limited in Denton County and more families are finding themselves in a downward spiral of homelessness. The GLR Community Village would provide families the affordable housing they need in a community that would act as a support network for each other while they work toward a more stable, financial situation.

“They will pay rent and we will be working with them to save money,” said Michelle. “Once they are ready, they will transition out of the community to something larger within a neighboring community.”

The Grace Like Rain “Tiny Home” affordable housing village is the design brainchild of Matthew Holtman of Holtman Designworks. After a medical emergency in his own family, he knows what it’s like to struggle to get back on his feet after a financial crisis, so he takes the work he does for Grace Like Rain to heart.

“These homes are designed with 3 bedrooms and a single bath at under 900 square feet,” said Holtman on his Facebook page. “It gives a family in crisis a place to call home while they get their feet back under them.”

GLR will handle the maintenance on the homes and have an on-site facilities manager to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. The GLR volunteers will also be a part of the community, having adults around to help with any maintenance needs and also to serve as good role models.

One thing that Michelle points out is that everyone can help Grace Like Rain without being saddled into a huge commitment.

“It takes a lot of people to help a family but not necessarily a lot of time,” said Michelle. “We are respectful of people’s time. We can find something that works with your schedule.”

Right now, Grace Like Rain is collecting donations to purchase the land to start the community. They need approximately 7 acres to start with 16 homes with hopefully room to expand. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at glrtx.org or via mail at P.O. Box 213, Argyle, TX 76226.

“It will fill that gap for the families that just need help,” said Michelle. “The most important thing is to keep the family together.”


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