Crenshaw praises work done by Tiny Home students

After touring the latest Tiny Home being built by the architecture students, congressman Dan Crenshaw shakes hands with senior Jonathan Mitchell. Mitchell is a captain on this year’s Tiny Home team. Crenshaw spoke to students about the importance of their project.

Cara Helton, Staff Writer

Congressman Dan Crenshaw inspired students when he visited campus to speak on the impact the Tiny Homes project has on veterans.

Dan Crenshaw enjoys the discussion with students on campus April 6. He spoke with students building the Tiny home on the Kingwood Park and Summer Creek campuses, along with a few other CTE students. (Derriq Young)

“Everybody wants to do something for veterans, there’s a million programs out there but it’s important to do something that’s useful in filling a gap,” Crenshaw said. “When you’re doing something that actually has a clear result, I think that’s great. You should be really proud of it, and that’s what this is.”

Crenshaw spoke to the Tiny Homes students from Kingwood Park and Summer Creek, along with a few other CTE students, in the cafeteria on April 6. Afterward, he toured the newest home, which will have its official completion ceremony on May 17. 

As a former U.S. Navy SEAL, Crenshaw has a strong appreciation for programs like Tiny Homes. He talked about how difficult it is for veterans to adapt to civilian life after being in the military and how Tiny Homes is helpful in making veterans feel at home.

“There’s some veterans that just have a real hard time transitioning out of the military,” Crenshaw said. “That’s just the reality of the situation, I was in that situation.”

Along with his speech about the significant impact made by Tiny Homes, Crenshaw also answered a variety of questions from students. 

“It means a lot to me being able to help out a veteran, as Dan Crenshaw said, kickstart their new life after the military,” said senior Joe Stephenson, who has worked on the last two Tiny Homes. “It’s very nice and refreshing after putting in all our hard work seeing how it affects them.” 

Stephenson said he really enjoys building the homes and was encouraged by Crenshaw’s talk. Architecture teacher Missi Taylor was also grateful for his appearance.

 “I think it was very important that he took the time out of his day to come see the project and see what the kids have done,” Taylor said.