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High school students raise money to sponsor tiny house for the homeless in Greenville Co.

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Powdersville student raised money to sponsor tiny house for the homeless. (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 11, 2016) Powdersville student raised money to sponsor tiny house for the homeless. (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 11, 2016)
Tiny houses for homeless located on Dream Center Campus in Easley. (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 11, 2016) Tiny houses for homeless located on Dream Center Campus in Easley. (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 11, 2016)
POWDERSVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

T-shirt sales and school spirit turned into a patriot project for some high school students in Greenville County.

"We thought it was a great idea and a great way to give back to our community," Latresha Drummond said.

Drummond is a guidance counselor at Powdersville High School where students raised money to raise a house
for the homeless.

"By doing this, they're learning how to work together to accomplish a common goal," Drummond said.

The students' goal was to raise $15,000 to sponsor a tiny house that will be built in Easley.

"We're just grateful that people are supporting this because we really can't do it alone," Chris Wilson said.

Wilson is the executive director of the Dream Center, a place where people go who need assistance with clothes, food and now shelter.

"Together I think we can really make an impact not only on just sheltering people, but just changing their life and helping them to become productive members of the community," Wilson said.

And behind the Dream Center is Opportunity Village. This is where 23 tiny houses will be built, because there isn't a homeless shelter in Pickens County. Those in need are interviewed and placed on a 3-tier incentive program. The step one unit, is the smallest house.

"Their coach that works with them would say once you reach this point and you've gotten your GED, you're going to be able to move into a step two unit," Wilson said.

And the step three unit is the largest house, which is also a transitional home.

"That unit is named whatever that sponsor wants to name it after, then there's a wonderful sign that goes on the house permanently," Wilson said.

Since the students at Powdersville High School raised more than $16,000 for a house, they were given the opportunity to give it a name. The new house will be called the Patriot House, in honor of their mascot. They say it's a way of showing love and support for their community.

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