House of David offers work to the homeless

Local Man Teaches Carpentry Trade
Posted at 10:51 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 11:58:48-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — About a year ago, 18-year-old James Waitkus was kicked out of his house and became homeless. He's one of 14 people taking advantage of what "The House of David" is offering.

"I thought I was going to be on the streets till I was 30. Now, I'm off the streets doing better," said Waitkus.

After receiving his first pay check, Waitkus is no longer homeless. The House of David comes from the Bible.

David Myers, Founder of House of David, along with his lead carpenter, teach individuals like Waitkus the skills needed to be a productive member of society.

"Jesus being a carpenter, I was a carpenter. so i teach carpentry trades to those who are otherwise seemed unemployable," said Meyers.

"I didn't know how to do any of this before and I'm learning how to frame fences and stuff like that. I never knew how to do it," said Waitkus.

Myers was once homeless himself for over 10 years.

During that time, he says he saw some of his friends lose their lives, which motivated him to come up with a way to help the homeless.

Churches from the Coastal Bend, San Antonio, and contractors around town reach out when workers are needed.

It's not just about the work. Myers says he's also teaching strong moral principles.

"They make a big huge mess, I'm here to help them clean it up, get them back on the straight and narrow," said Meyers.

If you're interested in donating gently used construction tools, or know someone on the streets who is looking for work, call 361-633-0651.