What is it you may ask? We have several issues that those with chronic illness fight. One is the need to have relief from pain. There's nothing I can do there. Another is the inability to pay for necessary things needed in life, including a safe place to call home.
I understand the ideology of a homeless shelter, but it is dehumanizing, and does nothing for the mental health of those involved. We have chosen to obtain a piece of land with a few buildings on it with plenty of room for small houses to be placed. These houses would be furnished and allow those within it to feel human. Those within would be a person with a chronic illness and their family that are homeless while waiting for disability or the ability to learn a new skill. Food, meds, doctor visits, and transportation will be available the entire time they are there. All must be screened for violent backgrounds and with alcohol and drug tests. Since self-medicating can be an issue, substance abuse will send persons to rehab before us as we want them to have the best life possible.
While we embrace the love shown during our campaigning period, we don't want all of our time and effort to go into it once we start. Therefore, sustainability is a huge part of our plan.
- Raising funds for the organization to own the land outright leads to no monthly property payments.
- The small homes are easy to place and virtually maintenance free with a 50 year warranty
- The property will be slowly made into off-grid homes with solar power and rain catching systems.
- Property will have greenhouses
- The disabled will have a little hobby shop to make little wares for farmer's/flea markets and online sales
- There will be 2-3 in-person events a year for fundraising into the next year.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Count the people you interact with daily. 9 out of 20 people have chronic illness. More than likely, you know a couple dozen people silently struggling with a disease. To most of them, they're only a flare or two away from losing everything. We want to pick them up if they fall, but we need you to do it. Any donation helps. I tell everyone that any little something means everything to someone. I don't want you to break your back. I want you to help from the heart, with whatever you can spare. I will send receipts at the end of the month as I am, at any given moment, balancing far too much for one person. I need 32 hours in a day to get caught up.
If you have extra resources (either as an individual who's blessed beyond measure or a business), you can sponsor a completely furnished house. If you are Mark Cuban, Dave Bautista, Dave Grohl, or to that level, you could even discuss a 10-year deal with me (email) (if you're not, tweet the hell out of them for me).
We can do this, together, and before winter really kicks in. Thank you graciously for your time!