Old Town Design Group adds another home for families in need


Old Town Design Group has added a second home for families in need.

Liz Yust, marketing and sales manager for Old Town Design Group, said Clay Terrace approached Old Town Design group about a property it had purchased at the corner of 146th and John streets.

“They had purchased the property to have a right-hand turn lane placed to help with traffic entering into Clay Terrace,” Yust said. “After having the home sit vacant for a while, they approached Old Town Design Group and asked if we would be interested in helping with the management of the property while allowing it to serve as another Safe Family home as we have on Smokey Row Road and Range Line Road.

“Old Town was so excited to be able to partner with Clay Terrace in this capacity as we are sensitive to how critical a home is in providing a stable life for families in need.”

Yust said the group is able to help provide housing to area families in need through a nonprofit initiative, The Orchard Project, which is an extension of Old Town Design Group.

Old Town partners with Safe Families, which interviews the families. The Clay Terrace home is a three-bedroom ranch home with a large yard.

“It’s basically for a family in crisis, whether that is due to life circumstances or natural disaster,” Yust said. “There could be a multitude of reasons why they no longer have financial means to provide housing for themselves at this point.”

Yust said the longest duration someone would stay in the home is 12 months.

Clay Terrace has transferred management of the property to Old Town, and after a group of 40-plus individuals helped clean and prepare the home, Yust said the organization plans to welcome a new family into it.

“We have provided four local families with housing through our Safe Family homes,” Yust said. “It will be the fifth family moving into the Clay Terrace house. For every home Old Town Design Group builds, we make a contribution to help build a home in a developing country. Since 2015, we have partnered with organizations in Nicaragua and Costa Rica to build homes remotely.”