Self-Help Homes

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What is _____?: 

What is Self-Help Homes?

Self-Help Homes is a government-sponsored agency that allows families to save money by building their own houses in a rural community. Neighbors work together to finish the homes, and no one can move in until all the houses in a given project are completed. 


Our Part: BYU students travel every Saturday (with a few exceptions) to building sites and gain valuable construction experience while helping these families build their own houses. No previous construction experience is required. All are welcome, but we appreciate having names listed on the Google doc in advance so we know how many vehicles to reserve.


Volunteer Commitment: Projects are on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet in front of Jamba Juice in the Wilkinson Center to carpool. Large groups can be arranged with at least a couple of weeks' notice. 

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Gideon Zentz

Executive Director

(801) 675-0543

Thurs. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Derrikk Sun

(208) 861-5394

Wed. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Sai Maddali

(678) 938-9146

Thurs. 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Seth Abrams

(509) 342-5901

Wed. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Thomas Radle

(817) 291-7983

Thurs. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Devon Howard

(208) 251-3706

Fri. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Tyler Davis 

(970) 646-8864


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter   Spring  


Time Commitment 

4 hours a week


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How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

Sign-up Sheet: To get involved, sign up on the Google Doc or contact the program directors by phone or by email at


Weekly Email: Sign up here for our email list to stay up-to-date with us! 


Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin working with this program.





I've loved being able to meet new people that come out to our program every week. We make so many new friends and make serving a great time! Sometimes the work isn't easy and can be arduous, but the spirit of serving is so strong! We get to work hand-in-hand with families and see their lives blessed! Also, I love construction!

-Derrikk Sun (2017)


One experience that always comes to my mind was when I was helping build a wall for a garage. I was alongside the father of that family and he was telling me about his job as a 5th grade teacher. He shared with me his hopes and dreams for his family and thanked me for giving time to help him provide for his family. It touched me to hear of his life and see how we are helping improve the futures of the families.

-Brady Moon (2017)


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