Richard R. Troxell, president and CEO of House the Homeless, Inc. has taken a step to put a “face” on homelessness when he conceived of and first sculpted his miniature statues (see description and photos below) of a Veteran and his daughter having a chance encounter of sharing and giving with an elderly African American woman.

Timothy P. Schmalz, internationally acclaimed sculptor and his business partner, Tony Frey, have asked to sculpt Richard’s concept, “The Home Coming” statue. Mr. Schmalz has been called the, “Michelangelo of our day,” and has created religious and secular bronze statues all over the world.

Mr. Schmalz and Richard have spent 3 months in discussions sharing concept sketches regarding the proposed project. In December 2013, they reached an agreement and have since signed a contract for Mr. Schmalz to sculpt the three piece statue. It honors the men, women, and children who have lived and died on the streets of Austin.

Mr. Schmalz is very excited about the opportunity to bring this project to Austin, Texas.

Finally, after thoroughly researching numerous foundries, we are most pleased to report reducing costs by a couple hundred thousand dollars with the cost now less than it takes to assist three people in receiving substance abuse detox and treatment in preparing them for housing.

Mr. Schmalz completed the 2 foot model from which miniatures and the full size statue will be rendered, and House the Homeless continues the statue “gifting process” to the City of Austin.

Click Below to see Timothy working and speaking about the project.

timothy_schmalz_and_pope_francis.jpg.size.medium2.promoYouTube video of Timothy speaking: http://youtu.be/brSwRWXy3pU

YouTube footage of Timothy sculpting The Home Coming: http://youtu.be/cG4Pq97FLUo