San Antonio’s Westside and neighboring communities are benefiting from a group of generous contractors and plumbers who are providing pro-bono services to local Westside residents in San Antonio from the San Diego Area.
Kingdom Builders, a contractor in Carlsbad, California and its affiliated licensed plumbers have joined forces to drive to San Antonio across the country to assist residents of the most distressed communities with their plumbing repairs this weekend.
Working with the State of Texas to secure an interim license, the team was in San Antonio last week from Friday, February 26 through Monday, March 1 to help local residents to address their plumbing needs and repairs.
They worked specifically in Shirley Gonzales’ District 5, coordinated by community leaders: Diana Sanchez, ex-CEO for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Micro:SA, a non-profit committed to the resurgence of micro businesses in San Antonio and a long-time advocate for the Westside Community, Leonard Rodriguez, Chairman for La Prensa Texas
These professionals will dedicate their time and resources to help local residents and have driven across the country with a trailer full of equipment and plumbing supplies much needed in our community. Kingdom Builders’, Bernie Lopez, Carlsbad, California and Koffie, owner, David Chiddick and Master Plumber, in Escondido, California are supporting this effort and expense for the crew making the trip to San Antonio this weekend.
Not only will they be bringing a trailer full of supplies and plumbing materials to make the necessary repairs for residents, but they have also raised over $10,000 with a “Go-Fund Me Initiative” for drywall and painting repairs that these homeowners will be required to undergo.
The heart of district 5 is within the original 36 square miles of the city with many historic walkable neighborhoods. Regrettably, for many years this area experienced an exodus due to declining investments in public infrastructure and services, especially in the years before single member districts. While they continue to need significant public infrastructure investments, District 5 is home to some of the city’s most historic and beautiful sites. It has a unique culture kept alive by vibrant resident neighbors. The neighborhoods have the grid design to cost effectively provide sustainable infrastructure, parks, walkability, bike lanes, accessible public transit, and traffic calming streets.
Photos: Nicholas Gonzalez-homeowner, Kingdom builder’s Bernie Lopez, The Koffie Co’s David Chiddick, Brad Jones and Collin Chiddick)