Ice and snow blanket the yard of a duplex in Alton Park. The temperature is in the single digits.

If it wasn't for the World Restoration Center Thy Kingdom Come Ministries next door, those living in the duplex wouldn't have a place out of the cold.

"Something has to be done for those that are less fortunate, those that are in need," Pastor Dr. E. Jonathan Thomas said.

It was trying to meet that need Thomas' idea was born.

"The Lord pressed upon me, build houses. Build multi-family properties that can help people have somewhere to stay," Thomas added.

"{Thomas} challenged the congregation and said, 'Look, I don't like the condition of the houses in this neighborhood. We have to do something to help these people.' And that's how the vision came about," Reginald Jordan said.

Jordan knew his company, Infinite Construction, could help bring Thomas' vision to life. It was also part of a promise he made to someone very close, 30 years ago.

"My mother asked me to help people that were underserved, to experience the American dream. That was a promise I kept with her, so that's when I started building houses," Jordan said.

It took eight months to build the 2-bedroom, 2-bath duplex on the property next to the church. Jordan said they faced material shortages, inflated costs and delays with utility lines.

But now, the homes are ready just in time.

"It's a human kindness thing. We are pretty much the arms of the Lord in this Earth," Jordan added.

The church has plans to build more homes and is looking to partner with other organizations to help give senior citizens, veterans and those experiencing homelessness a place to call home. If you're interested in helping, e-mail Dr. E. Jonathan Thomas at