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New 2020Missions.org renovates home for Granite Shoals family

2020Missions.org renovates home for Granite Shoals family

Volunteers for 2020Missions.org at work Saturday, July 31, gutting a home on Baker Street in Granite Shoals are board of directors treasurer and team leader Stephani Milani (left), board member Mark Morren, board president Don Magrini, and volunteer Dan Pearson. Photo courtesy of FlashPool Productions

A new faith-based charity began its first major community project in earnest July 31, tearing out the inside of a rundown home in Granite Shoals to prepare it for renovation. The nonprofit 2020Missions.org formed 18 months ago and has been mowing yards, fixing porches, and doing other handyman-type projects while preparing for its first big push. 

Led by Don Magrini of Kingsland, the group is preparing a home for a family of seven: a grandmother and her six grandchildren ages 7 months to 16 years. The house is 1,300 square feet and will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

“She’ll own it free and clear except for the taxes,” Magrini said. “Our goal is to furnish it right down to the last fork. She’ll have new furniture, beds, plates, whatever they need.” 

Magrini, the owner of Texas Building and Design, hopes to raise $75,000 to pay for the materials and household goods. Renovations will include the addition of a porch. 

“It’s going to take an extensive remodel to get it up to code,” he said of the house. “This weekend was all about the labor. A local dumpster company donated a dumpster, which costs $800, so we can fill it up with the inside of the house.” 

Mary Thurston of Granite Shoals has been living in a duplex in Granite Shoals over the past year as she cares for her grandchildren. She inherited the home that 2020Missions.org is remodeling. She and the kids joined a group of about 10 volunteers on Saturday to help with preparations.

The group has already established water and electricity at the site and has all the necessary building permits.

“I can tell you, if we had the funding, I’d have her in her new home in 60 days,” Magrini said. “We need them in their new home. That will give them stability. They will know that this is their home for ever and ever.” 

Anyone can donate to the project, either with cash, new household items, building materials, or labor.  

To donate, visit the nonprofit’s webpage at 2020Missions.org. Donations are tax deductible. 

“You can buy a gift certificate at Lowe’s,” Magrini said. “You can donate through PayPal, our GoFundMe page, or donate to the account name at Prosperity Bank.” 

Donations can also be made through AmazonSmile and Venmo

Magrini said 2020Missions.org began from a “clear vision for doing practical work for people.” 

“We want to help them get on a path to help improve their lives,” he said. “It’s not about us. It’s about what God puts on our hearts to do. We want to show God’s love in a practical way.” 

suzanne@thepicayune.com