Bronze Statues


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Bone Spirits & Leap to Success



a Night at Umlauf

a Fund Raising Event for



      The Home Coming Fund Raising Postcard

 A trio of Statues by Internationally renowned sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz


Feature Performances by 

Chalumeau Clarinet Quartet 

ARCOS Dance Company 

Deann Renee & Her Band 


with a special performance by 

Sara Hickman



 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.  Immediate donations are needed to raise funds for the final casting in bronze and site placement.


Timothy at work


Please join us Thursday, November 13th

6:00-9:00 pm

At the Spectacular Umlauf Sculpture Garden

605 Robert E. Lee Rd.


Click here-  The HomeComing_Color (1)

to purchase event tickets, raffle tickets, or to make a donation.  Thank you for your support. 






Silent Auction Packages for

House the Homeless Fundraiser


Silent auction closes promptly at 7:45 pm – must be in attendance

or have a representative in attendance to bid on packages.



Hometown “Stay-cation” – $468 value

Esther’s Follies – 2 free admissions – $48 value

Live, Love, Paddle – Kayak bat watching trip for two – $90 value

Juan in a Million – Two “Good for 2 free meals” vouchers – $50 value

Benjamin Beau Salon – Wash-house experience, conditioning treatment, customized style session – $30 value

NewU Plastic Surgery – $100 Gift card – Good towards $100

 “Signature Facial”

Paris Nails & Spa – $50 gift card

Searsucker Restaurant – $100 gift card



Home Sweet(s) Home – $344 value

Baked by Amy’s – 4 gift certificates for free cupcakes or baked pops

 – $14 value

Consuela (pink) “Roxy” small cross-body handbag- $180 value

Kendra Scott – earrings – $120 value

Nothing Bundt Cakes – 8” decorated cake – $30 value



Home for the Holidays – $281 value

The Long Center – 2 two tickets to see the 11/28 performance of

“Elf: The Musical” – $124 value

Kate Winternitz tanzanite & vermeil necklace – $52 value

Origins gift box of beauty cremes: Plantscription Anti-Aging Face Serum; Incredible, Spreadable, Ginger Body Scrub; Lime & Geranium Hand Lotion; OJON Hair Oil sample – $75 value

Nothing Bundt Cakes – gift card for 8” decorated cake – $30 value



Maison Moderne – $530 value

Anne Byrd Art – 2 prints – “Anatomy” & “Doubt” – $120 value

Benjamin Beau Salon – 1 full cut & color experience – $250 value

Massage Envy – 1-hour facial – $110 value

Paris Nails & Spa – $50 gift card



Home on the Range – $530 value

Balcones Country Club – Golf for four (with cart) –  $250

Onion Creek Country Club – Golf for four (no cart) – $260

Sunglass Hut – $20 gift card



The Green, Green Grass of Home – $490 value

Hyatt Wolfdancer Golf Club – Lost Pines – Golf for two (no cart)  – $300

Benjamin Beau Salon – Two full men’s grooming services – $140

Bone Daddy’s – $50 gift card



Home is Where the Heart Is – $225 value

 “Heart Family” copper & bronze sculpture by Studio G7 – $70 value

Flat Creek Estates (Marble Falls) – Four complimentary “Diva” wine tastings – $40 value

Csilla Somogyi Couture House – $25 gift card

Rae Cosmetics – Free professional makeup application – $75 value + 20% discount off cosmetics purchase in-store or online

Fashion Journal with pen – $15 value



Home is Where the Art Is – $273 value

Barbini Art – “Lily of the Valley” A print of a painting by Artist Charlotte Barbini that was accepted by jury to be exhibited at the National Museums of Stockholm, Budapest, and Lithuania – $50 value

Austin Symphony – Two tickets to any remaining symphony concert in 2014-15 concert season – approx. $125 value

Britta Ambauer Jewelry – Chandelier earrings with andalusite, sterling silver & 14k gold fill – $98 value



Animal House – $218 estimated value (not final)

Austin Aquarium – Annual Family Membership – 2 adults, 3 kids -

$140 value

 “Refuge” – archival print by Pencil Art 504 Studio – $20 value

PoK-e-Jo’s Smokehouse – Voucher for Original Family Pack – 1 & 1/2 llbs. mesquite-smoked meats, 3 pints of side dishes, condiments, bread & sauce – $33 value

Buffalo Billiards – ? ($25 value?)



Mi Casa Es Su Casa – $323 value

Adelante Boutique – Mickey Lynn earrings – $53 value

Consuela “Aubry” wristlet – $110 value

Peña Art Studio – 3 reproductions – $60 value

Juan in a Million – Two “Good for 2 free meals” vouchers – $50 value

El Alma Restaurant/Bar – $50 gift card



Home Spa – $475 value

The Radiant Group Salon – pamper basket of personal care products: BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) Shampoo & Conditioner; BWC Body Lotion; “Superstar” by Herban Cowboy Daily Moisturizing Lotion; Ingénue Overnight Intensive Cream; Sonoma “First Crush” Bath & Shower Gel; Enfusia “Bergamot Amber “ Fizz & Foam Bath Bomb; Enfusia “”For the Love of Chocolote” Fizz & Foam Bath Bomb; Karite Lips “Cappucino” lip balm; Soy Delites Candle in “Midnight Fig” – $150 value

L’occitane – Pamper party for hostess + 5 friends. Hostess receives “thank you” gift basket and all partygoers receive 10% discount off products order -

$250 value

House Wine (Restaurant and Wine Bar) – $25 gift certificate

The Melting Pot – $50 gift certificate




h-OM-e Shanti Shanti Shanti – $395 value

Wanderlust Yoga – 5-class pass pack – $120 value

Texas Performing Arts – Two tickets to any performance in remaining

2014-15 season – approx. $200 value

 “5 Rocks” sculpture by John Mark Luke – $35 value

Uchi/Uchiko- $25 gift card

Fashion journal w/pen – $15 value



At Home by the Sea – $280 value

Ocean’s Gifts – 3 matted seaside prints + set of 4 lighthouse notecards & set of 4 beach scene notecards – $110 value

Pappas Restaurants – $50 gift card

Myo at the Triangle – 60-minute therapeutic massage – $80 value

Lone Star Riverboat cruises – 4 riverboat passes – $40 value



How to Keep a Clean House? (Keep the Kids Out of It!) – $252 value

Austin Sports Arena (ice skating/hockey rink) – $100 gift cert towards

b-day party package; least expensive package is $120 (minimum of 12 in group) – Round Rock

Double Dave’s – 4 buffet cards – Metric Blvd. location – $36 value

Safari Champ Kids Playscape – 5 passes – Round Rock – $50 value

Verts Kebap – 6 free entrée vouchers – $50 value

Amy’s Ice Creams – 4 small ice creams w/one Crush’n – $16 value



House Party! – $199 estimated value (not final)

(Actually, kid’s birthday party out of the house, but had to keep the theme going.)

Austin Sports Arena (ice skating/hockey rink) – $100 gift cert towards

b-day party package; least expensive package is $120 (minimum of 12 in group) – Round Rock

Hello Kitty! party table centerpiece – ? value ($20?)

Thundercloud Subs – four $5 gift cards – $20 value

Southwest Theaters – 5 free passes – $45 value

Hey Cupcake! – Gift cards for 4 free cupcakes – $14 value



It’s on the House – $240 estimated value (not final)

It’s a Grind – drink cards – ? value ($15?)

Water 2 Wine – One-Hour Wine Tasting for 6 people and a 10% discount off of a batch of wine – $60 value

Phil’s Icehouse – Two $20 gift cards – $40 value

Freddies Frozen Custard and Steakburgers – Gift basket with $25 gift card -

$50 value

Edible Arrangements – Gift basket with $50 gift card – ? value



Home Body, (Mind, Spirit) – $555 value

Pure Bikram Yoga – 30-day intro special followed by

1-month unlimited – $199 value

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine – one acupuncture session – $85 value; AOMA T-shirt – $15; AOMA cap – $20 –

$120 total value

Luxe Apothetique – Kerastase hair care gift products basket – $146 value

Contribute Chaos – Copper-wrapped, quartz crystal necklace -

$40 value

Paradise Biryani Pointe Indian Cuisine – $50 gift card



Fly Away Home – $245 estimated value (not final)

Zach Theater – 2 tickets to “Peter and The Star Catcher,”

backstory to the character of Peter Pan – $160 value

Mighty Bird – Two gift cards of $20 each – $40 value

“Skimmer” watercolor print – Odie Tucker Watercolors – $10 value

Panera Bread – Gift basket – ? value ($35?)



Hometown Tour – $1217 estimated value (not final)

Vintage Innovations – Gift certificate for a 3-hour fun ride on John Denver’s former tour bus “Calypso”. Includes on-board bathroom and Nintendo gaming system. Seats 26. – $1050 value

Rita’s – Catered Italian ice event for up to 50 people – ? value ($150?)

Austin Nuts – 1 Large Guitar decanter with their popular Lone Star mix -

$17 value




Home in the Heart of Texas – $295 value

Bruce A Bitter – “Bluebonnet & Lake” framed oil pastel – $125 value

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 1 year Family Membership

(member & spouse + children under 18) – $70 value

Rudy’s – $25 gift card

Mighty Fine (Burgers & Fries) – $25 gift card

Jack Allen’s Kitchen – Dinner for two – $50 gift card



Backyard Wedding at Home – $445 value

Wilton humorous wedding figurine, 2 free music downloads, vanilla candle – $35 value

Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano – $50 gift card

Mary Kay – Janet Chang Makowy, Independent Consultant – Mary Kay vanilla-scented Satin Hands Set – $35 value

Austin Dental – Whitening gift certificate – $325 value



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 the last 3 months in intense discussions sharing concept sketches regarding the proposed project.  In December, 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 has begun sculpting an intermediate size statue immediately and House the Homeless will continue 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 Austin, Texas for over two decades.

Mail checks to:
House The Homeless, Inc.,
P.O. Box 2312, Austin TX 78768-2312
Please specify that it is for the Bronze Statue The Homecoming.


A donation of $500.00 or more entitles the donor to a miniature of The Homecoming 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. 


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%.

For 20-plus years, 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

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.


HTH Staff Contributors And Supporters

Supporting Organizations and Civic Leaders


Caritas of Austin

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Casa Marianella

Stephen Dubov- artist

Austin Baptist Chapel

Travis County Veterans Services

Heather Tolleson-artist

Art On The Way

President of Texas Society of Sculptors

The Salvation Army

Trinity Center

Safe Place

Peoples’ Community Clinic

Foundation Communities

Challenger Newspaper

Central Presbyterian Church

Susan Greene- sculptor 

Amy Scofield- artist

Bishop John McCarthy

The Honorable Sam Biscoe Travis County Commissioners Court Judge

Judge Phil Sanders former Municipal Judge & Former City of Austin Federal Magistrate

The Clip Joint Chem-Free Hair Salon, Valerie Romness, Owner/Stylist

Joe Gieselman- sculptor and Form Executive Manger, Travis County

D’Ann John Attorney at Law

Fred Fuchs Attorney at Law & Adjunct Professor

Lauri Raymond Owner Brothers and Sisters-Makers of SASS

David A. Sheppard-Attorney at Law-Board Certified

Ignacio D. Trevino Attorney at Law

Nelson Mock Attorney at Law

Kevin Dietz Attorney at Law

The Texas Civil Rights Project

Bruce Elfant Travis County Tax Assessor & Voter Registrar

Gustavo L. Garcia- Former COA Mayor and City Council Member

Mike Kelly- Lobbyist/Consultant

Bruce Elfant Travis County Tax Assessor & Voter Registrar

Jane Lee Attorney at Law- TRLA

Frank Cooksey Former COA Mayor

Dr Sterling Lands II– Greater Calvary Bible Church

Bill McAfee (Ann) Activist

Worley Printing

Dr. Tor Gotun, DDS

Jane Lee- Attorney at Law- TRLA

Naiara Leite Silva- Legal Advocate- TCRP

Alexis Guadarrama- Legal Advocate- TCRP

Isaac Harrington, Attorney at Law- TCRP

Eva Sikes- Assistance Legal Manager- TCRP

Amanda Hill- Community Outreach and Development Director-TCRP

Glenaan O’Neil- NAWA Program Coadjutant- TCRP

Aalap Shah- MBA graduate student- UT

Kiran Narra

Chirag Jhaveri, MD

Kalpita Shah- Seton PA

Tosin Agbabiaka- Law Clerk- TCRP

Elena Stross- Law Clerk- TCRP

Lauren Kelleher, Law Clerk- TCRP

Amir Naim, Law Clerk- TCRP

Laila Nabi-Law Clerk- TCRP

Max Greenbum- Law Clerk-TCRP



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