Jana Birchum

Best Way Home After a Natural Disaster

Paul Kleypas, Mr. House in a Box

Paul Kleypas is the dapper manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on South Congress, but when natural disaster strikes, Kleypas transforms into "Mr. House in a Box." He coordinates delivery of complete, brand-new (not used) sets of furniture and household goods to disaster survivors in Central Texas – sofa, table, beds, dishes, linens, and everything in between – so they can focus on rebuilding their lives. Kleypas' legendary kindness keeps the program going and the donations flowing. Between the Bastrop County fires of 2011, the Halloween floods of 2013, and Memorial Day weekend floods of 2015, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have provided over 1,000 "Houses in a Box" across Central Texas by 2016.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
1327 S. Congress, 512/442-5652
www.svdpusa.org