NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Homeless and displaced people don't always have the privilege of having a place to bathe.
That's why Love In the Name of Christ in Nacogdoches will soon start construction on a bathhouse.
Stephen F. Austin State University interior design students are helping provide a few good ideas.
Interior design students brainstorm in a short amount of given time for a bathhouse, laundry space, and emergency living suite. It all happens in the word of the day, a design charrette.
"Normally you have about a day to do a project that would normally take months to do," said Haley Gibbert, an SFA senior.
There won't be any overthinking on this project for the 68 students divided into 10 teams. The intense period of design brings unique ideas to the table.
"I'm actually wondering. Do we want to put shelving above the bench?" said Jessalyn Welch, an SFA student.
Designers must hold down costs for the non-profit client, Love In the Name of Christ.
"We're just kinda going for a simple look," said Elizabeth D'Agostino, an SFA student. "Very clean and simple. Not too over the top which is keeping the cost down."
Love INC board members and volunteers gathered to hear the proposals.
"Their board will either take one of them, or they may take a combination of two or three," said Sally Ann Swearingen, an SFA professor and a registered interior designer.
Once selected, a senior class will develop a final design as they share their talents with the community.
"A lot of people here don't realize how many homeless people we have in Nacogdoches," an SFA student said. "Even like homeless students. If they don't have access to go and get showers and, it's just something that really tears them down even more."
So, this short period of planning leads to a lifelong lesson that designing for the homeless can be as rewarding, if not more so, than designing for a multi-million dollar project.
Interior demolition of the donated storage buildings on Ruby Street in Nacogdoches is set to begin in the coming months. Churches and individuals are invited to help. Contact Love In The Name of Christ to sign up.