TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A group of volunteers spent their morning Saturday helping construct a pavilion and garden area that will be next to the homes.

The project, which has been in the works for months, offers temporary housing for homeless veterans around the Terre Haute area. Reach Services and the Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors are collaborating on the project.

That construction hasn’t begun, but the volunteers were working on the surrounding area, placing plants in the ground as well as constructing a pavilion for the property, which is at the corner of Maple Avenue and N. 23rd Street.

Project chairman Kyle McClain said he was happy to start seeing results to their work so soon.

“When we started this project, we didn’t know what the timelines were going to be like, so anything to be coming full circle so soon and having so much support from the community and getting this kicked off so early, it just means a lot,” he said. “It shows a lot about our community getting together, raising the funds, and being able to do this so quickly.”

McClain said he wanted a “retreat area” for the veterans after seeing similar projects throughout the country.

“I spoke with several people who were in charge [of other tiny home projects] and they all said the same thing, that it was very important for the veterans to have a place to retreat and not just be confined to the tiny home, because in reality, they are tiny,” he said. “They’re not meant to be long term, so it just kind of helps ease the pressure.”

McClain said they will do concrete work and add flagpoles to the area at a later date. Groundbreaking for construction on the homes themselves will be held on Veteran’s Day in November.