‘Community Build’ house looking more like a home

'Community Build' house  will soon be home to three men from the Rescue Mission of Greater Syracuse.

This ‘Community Build’ house will soon be home to three men from the Rescue Mission of Greater Syracuse.

The “Community Build” project in Syracuse to house three formerly homeless men is nearing completion.

Two months ago, a group of us from Upstate Medical University spent a day volunteering at the property, which was in pretty sad shape.

We went back Friday to do more work, and the house is looking more like a home. The three men are slated to move in by the end of July.

It’s an exciting transformation to behold. On our first visit in April, I wondered why anyone would bother to try to save the house from demolition.

Assorted volunteer groups have been helping contractors in many phases of the project. I’ll post another update this summer when the work is done.


Main room, with stairs leading to three bedrooms.


A view from the center of the house toward the street.

One of three upstairs bedrooms.


About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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18 Responses to ‘Community Build’ house looking more like a home

  1. I like that house Jim. I love windows. The house has character! Good for you for putting in sweat equity. I can’t wait to see the finished project! ❤
    Diana xo

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  2. What a great looking house.


  3. Reblogged this on Martha Keim-St. Louis' blog and commented:
    Good stuff to report

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rachelwhims says:

    Wow, this place is really shaping up!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I love the house Jim, it has character. And now, it has more character absorbed by the dedication and compassion of volunteers doing great things. What a transformation …. first the house….. then three lives.

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  6. reocochran says:

    This made me smile, Jim.


  7. markbialczak says:

    The work you all have done impresses, Jim. Three men will never forget the crew that rebuilt this structure into their home. Talk about a new wrinkle on the old Home and Garden TV real estate show phrase “character house.” Bravo, again, my friend.


  8. chmjr2 says:

    Looking forward to the finish pictures. I hope this works out better than planned so more projects like this can be done.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. lundygirl says:

    It’s looking good!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Amy says:

    Cool house!

    Liked by 1 person

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