Homestead Project Background
Read the Homestead Story here.
The Homestead, a large 6,200 sq ft house, nestled on 2 ½ acres at the back of a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) near Anchorage, AK, has provided a Christ-center, faith-based haven and training ground for hundreds of Airmen, Soldiers and Officers since its opening in 2016.
In November of 2018 a 7.1 earthquake shook open a one-inch crack stretching from the barn across the entire back yard, exposing the reality of a significant danger to the stability of the foundation of the house and yard.
A Civil Engineer was hired who verified the damage and that the slope of the unpacked fill dirt directly behind the house was too great. A Two-Phase Restructuring of the land was suggested that would protect the house and expand the yard to ensure years of viable and strategic ministry to JBER.
Total cost of the project would be approximately $200,000.
Phase 1: Completed in the summer of 2020, removed organic and trash type materials, and changed the grade from a 50/60% to a 25/30% grade. 600 yards of gravel and fill dirt were brought in to stabilize and prepare the slope for Phase 2.
All permissions are given, and the Homestead Project is cleared for takeoff. The contract is signed and scheduled to begin late June/early July and be completed by early August at the latest.
During this phase, we will be installing a 156 ft engineered retaining wall structure stretching behind the home across to, and behind the barn. The wall height varies from 8 ft to as high as 20 ft in the highest areas and will include 243 precast interlocking 2’x2’x6’ blocks (approximately 3,000 square feet of wall face)
- To stabilize the hill behind the Homestead against future movement due to earthquakes.
- To Provide a solid foundation for and extend the yard behind the Homestead from 6 to 10 ft.
Excavating for and building the wall structure will cost just over $200,000
Would you help us with the building of the wall structure by Investing $1,000 in the Kingdom ministry of the Homestead?
We know some will be able to invest more and some less for this project to be accomplished. Thank you for investing with us in The Homestead at JBER which will be used by God to touch the lives of military people on JBER for years to come.
HOME RENOVATION: We have additional renovations and improvements to set this facility up for years of fruitful, trouble-free ministry. Pray with us that the Lord would continue to provide the funds to do all or some of these things:
(Examples of projects we hope to accomplish)
- Strip and re-stain back Deck
- Replace Carpet in guest bedroom
- Replace Carpet in basement with a waterproof laminate
- Garage/multipurpose Room: Repaint Walls and Ceiling resurface Garage Floor with Epoxy Resin coating on Garage floor to make it a more inviting multi-purpose room.
- Replace deteriorating Copper water pipes with Pex
- Replace upper windows that frost and freeze shut with some that do not