Updated: Mar 22, 2021
Some straight forward information on what we want to do, how we want to do it, and why. We appreciate any interest that anyone might take in contributing, sponsoring, partnering, or volunteering in this mission to do the next right thing.
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
We want to house young adults aging out of the foster system, that have no family to connect with. We want to give them an environment where they will learn to grow some of their own food, they have a creative outlet that will nurture their talent and provide them " a back up plan " in life if they experience mainstream unemployment, we want to encourage giving back to their neighborhoods with volunteer service, and most of all we want to give them the opportunity to create a bond with a community that becomes their family.
WHAT WE WANT TO BUILD
We want to build our first 4 Tiny Homes on our donated lot at 309 S. Rusk here in Amarillo. We have raised enough money to put the entire process through the City of Amarillo and we are ready to start the dirt work. We are currently accepting donations to begin that.
WHY WE ARE DOING IT
HUD classifies chronically homeless, veterans, and foster kids aging out as the highest priorities to find solutions for. Currently, in Texas the number of kids aging out is around 1200 per year. Thirty percent (360) of them fall directly to homelessness, and that is 360 too many ! These young adults ( they age 18-24 )may not have had a stellar foster experience, no legitimate parental love, no guidance in social situations or education choices. To boot, they did nothing wrong to end up in a system that is overburdened. These are sometimes generational circumstances and they will continue to add to the numbers of homeless, early parenthood, addiction, prostitution, abuse, rape, trafficking, un diagnosed trauma, criminal behavior, and the mental health challenges that develop. A little support and a lot of community love can change that trajectory, and we want to use our resources, time, and love to start tackling homelessness from the prevention side, and truly save our children.
We are doing this because WE (the community) can make a multi generational impact, immediately !
HOW WE WANT TO DO IT
We will add a different option to the housing choices that are presently available. A community of 3 or 4 living in an easily maintained space (tiny home) within close proximity to peers, and a wonderful assortment of raised bed gardens to learn how to grow food. This, with connectability to existing services that help direct educational paths, life skills, and other neccessary adult functions, along with our vision of creating a platform for writing, photography, and art skills to be showcased and experienced by the entire community of Amarillo.
OUTCOMES WE INTEND TO ACHIEVE
End foster age out homelessness
Reduce statistics in all the abovementioned areas of generational occurrences
Successful mentorship in being a productive involved citizen of ones community