Carpentry students share poignant stories at DMC’s Rebuild Texas celebration

Article by: Michael Bratten

A little over two years after Hurricane Harvey made their Aransas Pass home uninhabitable, Lisa Schaar and her husband moved into their new home on Sept. 13.

Schaar is one of about 70 students who will receive certificates tomorrow after completing the free, 10-week program, which is designed to train participants to become qualified carpenters and help Coastal Bend communities rebound from Hurricane Harvey. The program began in the spring, with classes offered in Rockport, Ingleside and at DMC’s West Campus.

The next session is scheduled to run from Oct. 7 through Dec. 17; more than 475 registrants are currently on the waiting list. For more information, call (361) 698-2122 or go to

After Hurricane Harvey damaged her home, Schaar said she and her husband “hopped around between San Antonio and Aransas Pass, and some nights we slept in our truck.”

They also stayed with a neighbor and were eventually able to live in some space on their home’s back porch.

“I felt like the ordeal was going to last forever,” Schaar said.

Besides hearing students’ stories, guests at today’s celebration were invited to participate in some of the skills demonstrations at roofing and sawing stations set up for the event. Students also showcased a tiny home they built as a team that incorporates their new skills….

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