The two Woodsboro men have worked on the aging house behind the Woodsboro bank for a good while as have other community members – up to 30 people at one time.
Wilson explains that he and Blashke are members of a nonprofit: Good News Inc. And they do the work with God’s guidance.
Once the house is refurbished, they have in mind to let a widow and her grandchildren live there, just for the cost of utilities.
“She has been excited for months,” Wilson said.
They had set a goal last year to let her move in at Chritmastime, but that deadline passed and then Valentine’s Day was set, but that passed, too.
“Maybe this Christmas,” Wilson added.
A long time ago, Lillian Bridges owned the house. But when she died, the house’s ownership passed to her son, Fred Vernon, who lives in California.
Last fall, Vernon donated the house to Good News Inc.
But, sadly, the house had been empty and unattended for 15 years. So it fell in really terrible shape.
So far, the house has a new roof, new porch, new plumbing, new paint and new electrical work. This week, new sewer lines should be connected, too.
But much more work is to be done, including replacing some rotten flooring, sheetrock, more painting and general cleanup.
Much of the work was donated. A retiree mows the grass. A local electrician who is a member of the Lion’s Club donated his labor. And Blaschke keeps the weeds and insects in control.
Wilson said miracles are happening. For example, workers got 37 bundles of shingles for the new roof. Only three were left after the work was done.
He said the economics teacher at the high school – Jimmy Blaschke – had his class participate. Supervised by teachers, the students scraped paint, flipped window screens and painted them, pressure washed and tore down a rotting garage.
Those students who participated in the project were allowed to drop their lowest grade in the class.
But Wilson said the students also benefitted from learning about community involvement and doing good works.
“We’re going to retain ownership and let the lady use the house as long as she is alive,” Wilson said.
Wilson and Mark Blaschke are quick to credit God for the work on the house so far.
“We’ve been meeting together since I retired from the military in 2000. One of the things we wanted to do early on was help. This is a culmination of all those prayer days we put together,” Blaschke said.
And the community has been instrumental in helping.
“We’re so blessed with individual donations. Valero has been great for us. They’ve been giving us nice grants,” Wilson said.
Also, Wilson said the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in Corpus Christi has helped.
“And the churches: The Lutheran church has had garage sales and the Baptist church gives money. People from the other churches come help, too,” Wilson said.
Good News Inc. began in 1969 and Wilson became a member in the 1970s. Since then, 10 years ago, he started a latchkey program for kids: an after-school facility he calls the Woodsboro Family Center.
“It’s free, but they’re going to get scriptures,” Wilson said.
At this point, pertaining to the old house, Wilson said more people are needed to volunteer labor to get the house finished.
“We need help,” he said.
They plan to put sheetrock on the ceiling soon, and any who would help are welcomed.
Wilson said members of his church – Grace Temple in Goliad – had painted the house and prepared the roof. They plan to come again soon to tape and float.
People should phone Wilson at 543-4979 if they want to help refurbish the house.
“We’ve done nothing but good for the community. That’s for sure,” Wilson said, reluctantly.
He and Blaschke said they don’t want any credit for their work.
“We don’t need any glory; it’s all His glory.”