Imagine how it feels to have no home. Imagine how it feels to sleep in a shelter where you are concerned for your safety, where there is no privacy, and where you wonder if you will ever get the help you need. Imagine how it feels to know that most people think you are lazy, unmotivated and satisfied with your situation. Imagine how it feels to believe that no one loves you.
These are not hypothetical. At any time, in the St Louis metropolitan area there are thousands of homeless and displaced individuals, and those lacking permant housing. Many of these individuals can find themselves wondering where they will sleep next. There are stereotypes about the homeless that are pervasive; most are wrong, or at best incomplete. We CAN make a difference in their lives.
North Grand Neighborhood Services (NGNS), a 501(c)(3), in collaboration with the Rockwood School District and Social Justice 4 All (SJ4A), also a 501(c)(3), have taken a small step in providing housing for the homeless and those in need. Individuals who will make these houses their homes will no longer have to sleep in a shelter. It has been long accepted that the first step in alleviating homelessness is to have stability, and that translates to residential security. A sense of self-worth begins to build, and everyone starts to understand that they are loved, that they are not alone, and that their future holds promise.
NGNS has donated a lot in the City of St. Louis where 3 tiny attached houses will be located. Each home will be able to house up to 2 people. Upon completion, NGNS will own, manage and maintain the houses.
Money is needed to complete this project.
Because NGNS is a small organization there are not enough resources to do the fundraising for this project. SJ4A is helping them in this effort and you can, too.
Summit and Eureka High Schools have completed their construction on 2 of the tiny houses through a class titled ‘Geometry in Construction’. In addition to learning geometry, and construction skills, the students learned the value of social justice. In August 2018 the houses were transported into the City and permanently attached to foundations. The third house will be built on site by volunteers.
Building these first homes in a neighborhood that has a positive track record of inclusiveness is definitely the right place to start. RIGHT NOW is definitely the RIGHT TIME!
All donations are tax deductible and will be used for the materials, the infrastructure (foundation, water, sewer, electric), inspections, permits, transportation of the 2 houses, and other costs associated with the Tiny Houses. Most, if not all, of the labor will be donated, either by the students or volunteers.
Low cost and sustainable housing.
Building on a model that works in other parts of the country.
Community collaboration and involvement at the grass roots level.
A small but real step to provide homes for those in need.
High school students learn construction skills and the meaning of social justice.
Your donation is needed. Tiny houses are cost-effective and are being used in other cities to address the issues of homelessness. St. Louis can be next. Together, all of us can make a difference in the lives of those who face this trauma.
Click here to view a slide show on the Social Justice 4 All website. You are most welcome to join in this effort. It will change lives.
North Grand Neighborhood Services
Social Justice 4 All (SJ4A)