SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – What started as a class project turned into a life-changing experience for students at Drury University.

Students are teaming up with the Gathering Tree – an organization that provides a place for homeless people to go.

They want to raise money to build a micro home village for the chronically disabled homeless.

Linda Brown is the co founder of the Gathering Tree and says the organization has raised over $80,000 but is need of $375,000 to purchase land in Springfield to complete the project.

Katie Dougherty is a senior at Drury University and is doing a class project this semester where she is pushing to change homelessness in the Ozarks.

She and local musicians are putting on a benefit concert to help raise the funds needed to purchase the land.

Dougherty says this has been an educational experience for the students learning about the needs of the community — but also learning something about themselves.

Dougherty said, “You don’t have to be a prominent figure in the community to make a difference because like I’m a college student and I haven’t really done anything for Springfield yet. Anybody can do anything to help it’s just a matter of taking those first steps and really trying to make an impact.”

Brown said, “To give them, again self worth, but I think you have to start with a home first. If you don’t have a place to live you are floundering sometimes.”

If you like to see Katie and these local musicians hit the stage for the benefit concert come on out tonight.

The concert will take place at Drury University Kellogg Green Space tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

There will be an entry fee of $10 and three bands will play

For more information or to donate, click here to visit the website and here for the Gathering Tree Facebook page.

To visit the Lost and Found Facebook page, click here.