'For the love of the Lord'

Group of women from throughout Texas spent week working at Legacy Village

By Steve Nash / Brownwood Bulletin steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
A group of women from throughout Texas, along with Glen Williamson of Brownwood, prays outside Brown County Home Solution's Legacy Village early Friday afternoon. The women spent a week helping construct a new "tiny home" at Legacy Village to address homelessness in Brown County.
Patsy Reid of Imperial (foreground) and Becky Christenberry of Irving work on the exterior of a "tiny home" at Legacy Village.
A group of women from throughout Texas, along with Glenn Williamson of Brownwood, are pictured outside the "tiny home" they helped build at Legacy Village this past week.

They’re good-natured, they’re funny, they’re skilled — and absolutely serious about their mission: to build in the name of the Lord.

Calling themselves the “No GORC” builders — an acronym for “no grumbling or complaining,” taken from scripture — eight women from throughout Texas spent last week helping build a “tiny home” at Brown County Home Solution’s Legacy Village.

At Legacy Village, a community of tiny homes — one of the ways Brown County Home Solutions is addressing homelessness in Brown County — is taking shape in the 1100 block of Avenue D.

Brown County Home Solutions depends heavily on donations, grants and volunteer labor to accomplish its mission including building the Legacy Village homes.

Ranging in age from 55 to 70, the No GORC women stayed at the family home of one of the group’s members in Cisco during the nights, and carpooled daily to Brownwood to work on the Legacy Village home.

Friday afternoon, with their work finished in Brownwood, the women formed a circle and prayed before going on their way. They were joined by Glenn Williamson, a member of the Brown County Home Solutions Board who has helped build the tiny homes.

The women offered a variety of answers when asked how they’d learned construction skills including:

“Trial and error.” “The Lord.” “My daddy.”

The women said they formed the No GORC group after knowing each other while doing disaster relief work — which is still part of their mission.

When asked if any of the women was the leader, several quickly pointed to Lanelle Amann of Smithville — who immediately insisted she was not the leader.

“We’re all in it together,” Amann said. “We do not have a leader. It’s all about Jesus Christ and what he’s done for us … what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.”

Karla Helms, of the Texas Panhandle town of Qutiquae, said the women do the work “for the fellowship and for the love of the Lord.”

Anybody can build, but “we like to build heavenly relationships,” Peanut Scott of Dinero said.

The group’s focus is “truly to serve the Lord, and serve the Lord by serving others,” Becky Christenberry of Irving said.

Linda Heitman, executive director of Brown County Home Solutions, thanked the group for “all the amazing work” the women had accomplished.

Heitman said the inclement weather shelter, housed in the former Avenue D Baptist Church building adjacent to Legacy Village, will be open Monday and Tuesday nights, and possibly Wednesday night, as a cold front moves into the area.

The shelter has five bedrooms, including two for families with children.

Males are welcome if they are part of a family unit, Heitman said. Single males are referred to the New Beginnings Church ministry.