Bronze Statues

Figures coming to life in the gifted hands of Timothy P. Schmalz.






Thank you to Congressman Doggett for making a donation to The Home Coming statue project.  We appreciate your continued support! 








Video Introducing The Home Coming Characters



The Home Coming Miniatures Available


An exclusive limited edition casting of 200 miniature sets are available to supporters with 45 already committed.  With the generous support of the citizens of Austin, we have raised all but $20,000 needed to sculpt and install the full size statues in Austin, Texas.  As of July 1st, Timothy has begun the sculpting of the statues. 


Mail checks to: House The Homeless, Inc.,

P.O. Box 2312

Austin TX 78768-2312
Please specify that your check is for the The Home Coming miniature.



Supporters please consider the following recognition levels- 


Name placed on plaque on base of statue and on website-


                Champion for the Homeless- $10,000+  


                Advocate for the Homeless- $5,000-$9,999  


Name on website-


                   Supporter of the Homeless-  $1,000-$4,999


                  Friend of the Homeless– $250-$999


                  Foot Soldiers for the Homeless– $10-$249



Champion for the Homeless- $10,000+ 

Jeff Serra



Advocate for the Homeless- $5,000-$9,999 


Eric Anderson & Marilyn Lindgren


Supporter of the Homeless-  $1,000-$4,999


Will Adams

Alan Graham

Amie Henry

Julia Marsden

Laurie Raymond & Tom Parker

Joe Smith w/ Bread for the Journey

Dan Vogler    

David & Patti Stephas


Friend of the Homeless– $250-$999


Cathy Capers

Scott & Vicky Chapman

Namkee Choi

David & Debra Evans

Ed & Michelle Ford

David & Mary Gomez

David Hall & Pam Brown

Sara Hickman & Lance Schriner

Paul Hilgers

Mike Hirsh & Carol Moczydemba

Ed Ishmael

Jeff & Alyssa Korn

Debra Mann

Griff Martin

John Mason

Eddie Mire

Paul Mowry

John Nyfeler

Linda Ramsey

David Ashley Sheppard

David & Cheryl Snell

Rev. Cathy Stone       

Libby Sykora 

Will B. Hyatt w/ University United Methodist Church        

Sue Watlov-Phillips w/ National Coalition for the Homeless  

Michael Albrecht

John Mason    



Foot Soldiers for the Homeless– $10-$249


Cecilia Blanford

Jon Sullivan

Catherine Lane

Crystal Boyd 

Carole Leandra

Daniel Armendariz

Colleen Steele

Ed Lalone

Teresa Cue





The Home Coming

The Home Coming

Veteran with Daughter

Veteran with Daughter


Each set of miniatures comes with a label displaying the signature of Timothy P. Schmalz, one of the world’s premiere bronze sculptors (  “Jesus on the Bench” is one of his original art pieces. 




Each character in the statue has their own story of homelessness, including Joey the dog.  The statue entitled The Home Coming, conceived and designed by Richard R. Troxell, is the story of a chance encounter at the edge of the woods where people, who have almost nothing, gladly share what little they have with others. 




Contributions of $250 or more will secure you a set of these touching maquettes while they last.  All contributions will be matched dollar for dollar by some incredible people who support House the Homeless and wish to put a face on homelessness.

Woman experiencing homelessness

Woman experiencing homelessness.













A donation of $250.00 or more entitles the donor to a miniature of The Home Coming statue.  Please specify- “I would like the miniatures.” or “No miniatures” in a note with your check or in the comment box when paying with PayPal. 


Embedded in the life-size statue will be a QR Code that will tell the back story of each character, link to a short video of “Community First” (, and provide an opportunity to make a contribution to support Community First and people with disabilities who reside there. 

Thank you for your support. 



The Home Coming Fund Raising Postcard

 A trio of statues by internationally renowned sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz



 House the Homeless is working to bring Co-Founder, Richard R. Troxell’s vision, as realized by sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, to Austin as a lasting memorial to those who have lost their lives to homelessness.  


Timothy at work






Richard R. Troxell, president and CEO of House the Homeless, Inc. has taken a step to put a “face” on  homelessness when he conceived of and first sculpted his miniature statues (see description and photos below)  of a Veteran and his daughter having a chance encounter of sharing and giving with an elderly African American woman.



Timothy P. Schmalz, internationally acclaimed sculptor and his business partner, Tony Frey, have asked to sculpt Richard’s concept,  “The Home Coming” statue.  Mr. Schmalz has been called the, “Michelangelo of our day,” and has created religious and secular bronze statues all over the world.



Mr. Schmalz and Richard have spent  3 months in discussions sharing concept sketches regarding the proposed project.  In December 2013, they reached an agreement and have since signed a contract for Mr. Schmalz to sculpt the three piece statue.  It honors the men, women, and children who have lived and died on the streets of Austin.



Mr. Schmalz is very excited about the opportunity to bring this project to Austin, Texas.




Finally, after thoroughly researching numerous foundries, we are most pleased to report reducing costs by a couple hundred thousand dollars with the cost now less than it takes to assist three people in receiving substance abuse detox and treatment in preparing them for housing.




Mr. Schmalz completed the 2 foot model from which miniatures and the full size staue will be rendered, and House the Homeless continues the statue “gifting process” to the City of Austin.


Click Below to see Timothy working and speaking about the project.



timothy_schmalz_and_pope_francis.jpg.size.medium2.promoYouTube video of Timothy speaking:


YouTube footage of Timothy sculpting The Home Coming:



The Home Coming is a project to create life-sized bronze sculptures to
complement and humanize the Homeless Memorial
which has existed in on Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas for over two decades.



The homeless tell us that they feel invisible –

The Homecoming will at last put a face on homelessness, showing the plight of the Veteran (one-third of all homeless are U.S. Veterans), his child (the average age of the homeless is nine years old), and the forgotten woman (a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental illness, lost jobs and benefits).
Sculpture artist, founder and president of HTH, Richard R. Troxell, has donating his time and labor to the project.


12/10/2013- We have a signed contract!!  Timothy P. Schmalz, world renowned artist
referred to as “the Michaelangelo of our time,” who recently had his homeless
statue blessed by Pope Frances, has agreed to sculpt our concept of The
Homecoming.  See his other wonderful sculptures at




Artists Statement
By contributing your funds, you are joining our JOURNEY.  We offer the following to
 enhance your own ability to educate others, advocate for folks without a home, and 
use art to put a face on our citizens experiencing homelessness to further local and national discussion.


Pledges and payment commitments are payable over time.
Please see if your employer offers matching donations for charitable organizations.

* Donations are tax-deductible to the limit of the law. 100% of all donations will be applied to the tax-exempt purposes of HTH,
including materials and related costs for the statues and marquettes.



The Homecoming is a project of House the Homeless, Inc. (HTH), an all volunteer educational and advocacy group
founded in Austin, TX in 1989. Our mission is education and advocacy surrounding all issues of homelessness.

We consider all homeless and formerly homeless individuals to be members.
At least 60% of HTH Board of Directors is comprised of homeless/formerly homeless people.
HTH has a solid history of stewarding donations and
maintaining overhead at approximately 5%.

Since 1993, HTH has held a Sunrise Memorial Serving on Auditorium Shores to remember an increasing number of men, women and children who have died while trying to survive homelessness. At each Memorial, HTH launches its community-supported Thermal Underwear drive and party to provide warm clothes to help protect against exposure and hypothermia. Our ultimate goal is to reduce these untimely deaths by providing opportunities to get off the streets by promoting collaborative job training, living wages, case management, transitional housing, and affordable housing. HTH also has a voice on national coalitions and our Universal Living Wage campaign is endorsed by hundreds of businesses, unions, faith-based and nonprofit organizations nationwide.


Our goal is to reach $100,000 from donations and grants for The Homecoming*


Slideshow On The Process To Make The Statues

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The Home Coming Behind the Scene

The Veteran in my mind is  lost in his own revelry. His promises of “America the Beautiful”  have been betrayed. He sacrificed his youth and in thanks only gained the aching hollowness left behind by lost brothers.  He will go on because he has true grit. But he is shop worn. Yes, he is angry but he swallows his anger or his daughter.  His anger is suppressed and has been supplanted with the drive to bring his daughter into a better world if he can only find it.  His gaze is lost staring into the fire as happens to people late at night at the end of a very very long day…. or after years of searching for “the promised land.”

The interaction is between the old woman and the child.  The child sees her first, because in spite of everything, her spirit remains alive…vital. The old woman is defeated. She may well have partial cataracts following decades absent of medical care.  She has lost everything. She raised three children. One is now dead and two are blowing in the wind. Her husband just left one day and never returned. She is in the absolute darkness. Suffering chronic depression, she trudges from nowhere and is going to nowhere.  When she first sees the flicker of the fire light in her upper peripheral vision, she is not sure of the shadowy figures behind it.


The little girl sees her and sees the old woman as  a possible companion…who may know the secretes that the future holds for her. They are reflections of one another’s past and future. The girl is desperate to strike a spark only struck between two gals… the little girl coaxes the old woman to the camp almost like a puppy.


The old woman now drawn closer to the camp, is still hard pressed to see and understand the intentions of the man and daughter now seen clearly warming themselves by the fire. The Veteran father feels the excitement in the body of his little girl, and he is stirred from his daze.  Looking at the little girl and then following her gaze, he sees the old woman and realizes his daughter’s desire to welcome her into their camp.  He immediately follows suit and beckons the old woman to the warmth of the fire.  Haltingly, the old woman closes the gap between them and then she freezes. The essence of the moment envelopes her.  She is being welcomed into their camp…their home. She is being beckoned…welcomed home…no questions. She is emotionally and physically over-whelmed.   Her satchels… her burdens, drop the last 1 1/2 ” to the ground. There is a look of awe, wonderment, relief, joy…even tears. The energy release can be seen in her shoulders…her entire being.  The statue is called The Home Coming.






Atelier 3D

The Natural Gardner

Don Gardner Arborist

Engineer- Jaster and Quintanella & Associates


Austinuts, Inc.

Mike Kelly Lobbyist

Sisters & Brothers, Inc. Makers of SASS

Clip Joint

Worley Printing


State of Texas NAACP

Austin Baptist Chapel (Angle House)

The Salvation Army

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Texas Civil Rights Project

Texas Civil Rights Project Attorney

Greater Calvary Bible Church

Director- Casa Marianella

Central Presbyterian Church

Foundation Communities

Texas Civil Rights Project

Travis County Veterans Service Office

Meals on Wheels & More

Caritas of Austin

Project Help-AISD

Peoples Community Clinic

Safe Place

Trinity Center

Art on the Way

The Challenger Street Newspaper and Staff

Wildflower Church, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Jaster/Quintanella and Associates-Engineers



Tosin Agbabiaka

Hazel Barbour

Rick  Beaubouef

Sam  Biscoe Travis County Commission Judge

Barbara Budde Austin Dioceses

Fred Butler Community Action Network

Frank Cooksey Former COA Mayor

Kevin  Dietz Attorney at Law

Robert  Doggett Attorney at Law

Steve Dubov Sculptor

Bruce  Elfant Travis County Tax Assessor & Voter Registrar

Phil Friday Attorney at Law

Fred Fuchs Attorney at Law & Associate Professor

Michael Galbrecht

Gus Garcia Former COA Mayor

Joe Gieselman Former Executive Manager for Travis County and Sculptor

Jackie Goodman Former City Council Member

Tor Gotun, DDS

Tricia Graham  Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Max Greenbum

Susan  Greene Sculptor

Alexis Guadarrama

Sara Hickman Singer/Song Writer- Texas State Musician of the Year 2010

Amanda Hill Texas Civil Rights Project Development Director

Chirag Jhaveri, MD

D’Ann  Johnson Attorney at Law

Lauren Kelleher

Wayne Krause  Krause Attorney at Law

Jane Lee Attorney at Law

John McCarthy Bishop Austin Diocese

Nelson Mock   Attorney at Law

Mary Morse Sculptor, Prsident of Texas Society of Sculptors

Laila Nabi Texas Civil Rights Project

Amir  Naim Texas Civil Rights Project

Kiran Narra Texas Civil Rights Project

John O’Neal

Glenaan O’Neil

William Plunkett

Mary Christine Reed  Attorney at Law

Deanna Rene Singer Song Writer

Phil Sanders Retired Municipal Court Judge and Federal Magistrate

Lance Schriner Graphic Artist

Amy Scofield Sculptor

Deanna Serra Philanthropist

Jeff Serra Philanthropist

Randi Shade Former COA Council Member

Brigid Shea County Commissioner Elect

Aalap Shah Texas Civil Rights Project

Kalpita Shah Texas Civil Rights Project

David Sheppard Attorney at Law

Eva Sikes Texas Civil Rights Project

Naiara Leite Silva Texas Civil Rights Project

Tom Spencer I Live Here I Give Here

Elena Stross

Tere Tillotson Attorney at Law

Heather Tolleson Sculptor

Ignacio Trevino Attorney at Law

Ben Vaughan  Attorney at Law- Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoades, Chtd. & Philanthropist

Kirk Watson Texas State Senator

Dr. Debbie Web Professor

Byron Webre  former Newscaster

Tracey Whitley Attorney at Law

Wayne Krause  Yang Texas Civil Right Project




Honoring Statue Stewards

Phil and Pam Friday
Michael and Sharon Chesser


Statue Advisors

Steve Dubov and Heather Tolleson
Michael Hall
Colleen Regnier Steele
Sylvia Troxell
Shannon Brooke MantromKevyn Meagher

Darleen Crawford- graphic designer

Statue Enactment Team   

Pam Friday

Dixie McGrath

David Kee
Hill Country Middle School, Austin,Texas

Justin Noonan, videographer

Blythe Plunkett

Cecilia Blanford