BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Save Our Streets are expanding their facilities thanks to Texas Baptist Men builders.
Established in 1969, TBM is a religious disaster relief and humanitarian organization based in Dallas that responds to natural disasters around the world. After hearing that Save Our Streets needed an extra hand in constructing their new training room, they came to Bryan to help out.
"They are retired builders, both men and women, that are saving us thousands of dollars by coming here to help with the project," said J.J. Ramirez, founder of Save Our Streets.
The 5,000 square foot building is going up right next to the ministry and will also be used as a tool shed and training room for the ministry's landscaping, welding and automotive programs.
"We just finished up with the men's dorm. Now, we bring people off the streets and help them with their addictions or financially, by providing programs like the welding and landscaping. This new building that the builders are helping us with will be used as a classroom and be a place where we put our equipment," said Ramirez.
The work program from Save Our Streets provides an alternative
future to those who have been exposed to violence, drugs, crime, and gang activity. The organization also offers training and certification classes to provide job training for underserved young adults.
"We also do irrigation and fence building just to teach these guys great work ethic and how to go out there and get a job. It's nice to have a helping hand and to see these men and women help us provide the resources that we need to get the people off the streets and back on their feet," said Ramirez.