(Tiny) HomeFULLness for the Needy
It's time to expand the concept of #InfinityVillage. There are working professionals in Nashville that are unable to pay their own rent. We have to provide innovative solutions to the issue of Affordable Housing for everyone, and new communities for people who need not just housing, but support services.
We plan to build self-sustaining, innovative Tiny House Communities that can support a growing need for Affordable Housing. All of your donations from this point forward will go toward the visioning, planning, and execution fo #InfinityVillages all over the city. Thank you for your support, and for spreading the word. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Are you ready to hit the $100K mark? $200K? Let's get in the trenches together. We've proven what can happen when the Spiderwebs unite--they can subdue the lion.
INFINITY VILLAGE DESCRIPTION
Can you imagine what it's like being homeless?
What if you, by some sudden, normal twist of circumstance--like missing a few paychecks or losing a job--found yourself homeless? How would you feel if your friends, co-workers, and family members went from treating you as the toast of the party to the wretched of the earth? I'm sure you wouldn't enjoy it at all. Why? Because deep down, you know you're still you, regardless of your living situation.
Just like you, homeless people still have dreams; homeless people have goals; homeless people have dignity.
Or do they?
Those of us who have experienced--or come close to experiencing--homelessness know the flipside. We live in a society where the homeless are treated like lepers, who should be grateful for our half-eaten food, our pocket change tossed out of car windows, or our faux-delivered offers to "pray for them."
There are lots of movements to build shelters for homeless people out there, and they are honorable and appreciated by all of us who are out there fighting the good fight. That said, I would not ask for your financial support in good conscience without being honest. A home gives a person dignity. Even if someone is sleeping in a box, under a bridge, or on the beach, we can do more than offer them makeshift shelters; shelters we wouldn't want to live in if we found ourselves out of doors.
We can build them actual Homes.
I believe we can provide the homeless, especially those who are in transition and are working to get back on track with their lives, with homes that provide them with the safety and dignity we would want for ourselves. I am asking you, wherever you are, to join me in manifesting a bold vision:
Let's build a village of Micro-homes for the homeless.
I know it sounds big. Yeah, it might sound a little crazy and optimistic, but understand, that as a Minister of a non-traditional, Interfaith community called the Infinity Fellowship , I'm fully invested in taking action beyond conversation if we truly want to evolve our world and solve problems. That is why I (with permission and support from my wonderful wife and 5 children) am going to practice what I preach:
I will live and work from this model micro-home until we can raise the funds to build 6 to 8 of these same units to donate--free of charge--to homeless citizens in Nashville, TN.
Nashville is a growing metropolitan complex; A booming tourist destination with major growing pains including the lack of Affordable Housing and poor public transportation. The homeless are being pushed out of downtown, and if you don't have access to transportation, it makes it harder for you to survive. So instead of griping, let's take on this problem head-on, because we've got the tools in hand.
My lifelong friend and Mission specialist, Rev. Dwayne A. Jones, happens to own a construction company. I've followed him on two trips to Haiti to serve orphanages there, so I know what he is capable of and where his heart is. From available resources, he is building the model I will be living in. The unit will be more than just a framed shed. It will have a tiled roof, a full door and window, solid floors, and be wired for electricity. Our goal is to connect the units to donated solar panels so that residents can have a renewable source of continuous energy. That depends on contributions we receive from you, of course. :-)
Help me make this vision a reality by contributing to this project.
Any amount is appreciated. Our goal of $50,000.00 will allow us to build the entire village project. Anything over the goal will help us continue with our mission to tackle homelessness and affordable housing in a city that is growing by leaps and bounds, even as it struggles to provide for "the least of these."
I believe in this cause enough to put myself in the position many of our citizens find themselves in. Will you believe enough with me to help me go back to my home and give this one--and a few others--to someone who is truly in need?
Let's get this journey started, together. Thank you in advance for your support in contributing and spreading the word to your like minded friends. It takes a Village to raise a child; It also takes a Village to provide a second chance those who need it.
Rev. jeff obafemi carr
* Although this campaign is complete, the work continues. We believe in indentifying and solving what people perceive to be "problems," but are simply opportunities. The entire village was funded and completed in just 7 Weeks. Join us now in our quest to build a free-standing Community Center. We don't have funds from the government or massive foundations. We've just got you, and we like those odds. Visit:
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i couldn't let the night go by without slipping you all a quick congratulations and an announcement (okay, two). first, congratulations. now the world is paying attention and modeling what we did with Infinity Village....
on Tuesday, December 15th, at 9:30 pm Eastern (8:30 Central), Infinity Village's gift to The Sanctuary at Green Street will be featured internationally on Al-Jazeera America Network's "America Tonight." set your DVRs or watch the show live to get an inside look at the homes you helped build and the homeFULLness they have provided.
we all know we didn't do it to amass headlines, but it is important that you know that people are hearing your actions louder than any words we could all produce. this project is a gift that continues to give.
now we've got an ever larger one that many of you have already helped us launch. by now, you know that i'm set on kicking Youth and Community Violence in its behind. I'm not going to sit back and let one more teenager die because they have no hope; i'm not going to throw my hands up in despair and point a finger of blame at people who--by harming others--are only demonstrating a lack of self-love.
no more complaining--it's time to heal. it's time to actually DO something.
i'm asking you to allow the spirit that moved you to save lives via housing to move you to help build an entire Community Center for people who need it the most. let's save some more lives.
the link to our Center project is now open. visit:
i don't care how big or impossible it sounds. when i lived in that 60 square feet, people laughed at me and told me it couldn't be done. i didn't listen to them--and neither did you.
i listen to Spirit, and to people like you who DO believe in just causes and support them accordingly. this morning, i received the first of a major challenge from a visionary, anonymous donor: Raise $50K in the next 2 weeks and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar. that means if you can help me take the ticker to $50K, it will DOUBLE to $100K!
how AMAZING is that? it's a "Nat King Cole Nail-bite moment" (i'll be discussing that more on the new campaign page).
if you missed out on the first phase of this project, don't worry, you're poised to be on the ground floor--literally--of the next one, because we're going to keep on moving ahead with building even more innovative homes for people who are in need, even as we build a unique Community Center to launch the initiatives from!
Happiest of holidays to you, good friend.
as i promised, my final update here will connect you to a new initiative i'm launching to address a serious issue in Nashville. in the months since we built the village, there has been a rash of teen and youth violence in the city. the mayor has called for a summit, the college campuses have struggled to make people feel safe, and people are expressing hopelessness. lots of hands up and head-scratching.
that's unacceptable to me. and if you know anything about me, you know that i'm called to solve problems instead of lament over them. you're the same, that's why we built this village.
i'm working on a bold new vision, and as we come to the end of the year, in the Season of Giving, i hope you'll pause for a moment, give it a look, and-- if you find it in your heart to make a contribution--help me make a change that will carry into generations of the future.
i can't leave my family for another 45 days to make this next project happen (charity does begin at home after all), but thanks to many of you already, we've got a head start.
i'll see you on the next journey. i haven't done press release or even spoken to the media on this one. we're starting with you, the foundation, so here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/a4edfxdw
happiest of holidays to you and yours.
your friend and dreamer,
-The number of times I sat down at this computer and wrote a “Thank You” note to people just like you, for amounts ranging from $5.00 to $5,000. Sometimes I was right on top of it; other times it may have taken me a few days; but eventually, I had the opportunity to peck out, via my at-times inadequate fingers, what resided inside my constantly expanding heart.
-The number of people who, through the invisible channels of modern technology, reached out from across the globe to join hands in hope-charged intent, with the seemingly gargantuan task of seeing a vision in the air of The Future, and pulling it down onto the ground of The Present, together.
840 people just changed the landscape of Nashville. 840 people just demonstrated what happens when we focus on the “can” and the “will,” instead of the “can’t” and the “don’t.”
INFINITY VILLAGE BECOMES THE SANCTUARY’S NEXT LEVEL
On August 21st, I joined with many of the local “840” to dedicate our 6 Micro-Homes. It was an amazing sunny day, filled with love and excitement. News coverage has been international, and just yesterday, I completed an interview that will air later this month on "America Tonight" on Al-Jazeera America. On the morning of that day, I signed a contract with the leadership of Green Street Church of Christ that gave them full ownership of the homes that you funded, for the discount price of one U.S. Dollar. Apparently, you have to have something to affirm a legal transaction, so we tied up everything neatly, and just so you know, I will be framing that one-dollar bill for posterity. At that point, the homes became the property of Green Street Church of Christ, to do with what they will. That is, in my book, the only way to give a gift.
When it comes to traditional “Mission Work,” I’ve seen people offer assistance with a bait-and-switch technique, offering food, shelter, or education in exchange for conversion to a religious doctrine. That’s never been my thing. The Fellowship I lead is an Interfaith Gathering, and Infinity Village rose because the 840 of you are made up of the most diverse spectrum of people I’ve ever known—all faiths, some faiths, no faiths. All of you saw beyond the lines that divide us, and because of it, we made a gift that was, at its very core, perfect and good.
In keeping with that philosophy, know that I have no further control of what happens at The Sanctuary at Green Street, because we didn’t dictate A) who should get the homes, B) how the community should be run, and C) what the ongoing requirements are.
Our original plans were to keep collecting funds, and to build more houses on site, to standard design and building specs, to ensure consistency, but prior to the placement of the village, the leadership at Green Street decided to open up the field to other volunteers, builders, organizations, etc. who also wanted to build homes and bring them on-site. They are well within their rights to do so, and I would suggest that, from this point forward, if there are people who want to participate in that specific housing effort, contact Green Street Church of Christ directly.
Just so you know, Dwayne and I did offer suggestions back in May on ways to power the homes effectively and efficiently, as well as strategies for building the common area for restrooms and showers, which the church had already raised funds for. Although to date, there hasn’t been movement on either project, I trust that water will find its own level, and the leadership of Green Street will indeed seize this amazing opportunity in the spotlight to formalize and expand the initiative that has been started there. Things from here on are out of our hands. For me to even attempt to dictate what people should do with their outreach efforts is totally against my personal philosophy, as discussed above. I just wanted to let you know where things are because, if you haven’t figured it out from my trademark writer’s loquacity, I believe in being transparent, sometimes to a fault.
In my mind of minds, I envision a future community of Micro-Homes, Tiny Houses, and Innovative Affordable Units, on independent property, open to all regardless of religious affiliation, with wraparound support services for mental health, childcare, job training and placement, transportation support, and health care assistance. It’s part of a long-term vision. The first phase—the building of the Infinity Village homes—was an affirming head start on a bright and future effort.
And speaking of future efforts…
IT’S TIME TO STAND IN THE GAP AGAIN
As I close out this amazing project, I’m going to ask you to join me in launching another one—all 840 of you and more of your friends. Some people are called to research; others to development; still others to the world of politics. I’m called to fixing what others see as obstacles, but what I see as opportunity.
In Nashville, there has been more than one instance of youth and teen violence that has claimed the life of people who could have grown up to be leaders who would have shaped the world into a better place. People have begun to throw their hands up in hopelessness, wondering what can be done. When people have no hope, no sense of self and center, it’s easy to do harm to others.
In the next day or so, I’m going to be launching a new effort to build an independent, free-standing, holistic community center, in the inner-city of Nashville. I’m going to shoot straight with you. It’s bigger than anything I’ve ever attempted before; It’s going to take all of us digging deep and stepping up; It’s going to be bursting with innovation, activity, and opportunity. It’s going to sound impossible to many.
That’s exactly why I’m going to do it.
It is in moments of perceived impossibility that we can witness the power of our Creator that lives in each of us. Impossibility makes us forget about our own limitations and join together, heart to heart, to act on something that looks too big for any one of us. Impossibility drives us to talk to one another, to interact with one another, and to lean on each other. Impossibility distracts us—for however brief a moment in time—by giving us something to focus on that unites us in agreement instead of dividing us by trivial social constructs like race and class.
Impossibility brings the God out of us.
So as I close, take a few deep breaths, check your donation accounts and your friends and relatives lists, and prepare to make a gift to close out this year on your books. I’ve already received some amazing preliminary support that demonstrates to me that this next chapter is a worthy one. If you want to make a significant contribution early and need some paperwork, please contact me here via the Message option. I’m here and ready to make things manifest, and that only happens with you on board.
Thank you, from my very soul, for hearing that beautiful voice of unity that emerged from your heart and guided your hands to link with mine to build a community. Hug your children and loved ones today; look into their eyes and know that what they see gazing back to them is a modern day hero. Legends produce numbers that stand the test of time: the Spartan’s 300, Michigan’s Fab 5, and now, Infinity’s 840.
Be as glad as I am to be in that number. Let’s write the next chapter…
With Love and Admiration,
Sorry for donating an odd number lol, accidentally pressed on 1 instead of 0. Anyway, $11 is not that much, but here in the Philippines, it's basically a minimum wage worker's earnings for the day. If I had more, I would have donated more. But this is all I can do for now. Roof over our brothers and sisters' heads!
I don't have the money right now to donate , so little that i was counting change for a jug of milk for our littlest son tonight. (We will be ok just waiting on payday so nobody freak out) BUT I live 45 min north of you in KY and my husband and I and our oldest son who is 15, can volunteer to help you as we are well with woodworking. Just send me a message and let me know if you need any help building as that's all I can offer right now. And I think this is an amazing idea. There is a homeless man that comes through every year here. He usually stays 2-3 weeks at a time. A much much much older man and he has been here for 4.5 weeks now living on 68-80. He is a homeless man that spreads God's word with every person he meets. He is a phenomenal man. I would love for maybe one day be able to have help to do something like this for him if he is willing. He is very well known around here and he never ever ask for money people love him so much they always just stop to help him. Either with money, groceries, necessities, or even giving him a home cooked hot meal or taking him to church. Through him I have learned the up most respect for homeless people. It's a wonderful thing you are doing!
I wish i had money to donate but my husband&I with are 4 daughters r homeless but I will send prayers that u get what u need to make this happen.It's awesome what ur doing for the homeless not many would.Believe me i know 1st hand how ppl change after u become homeleas &it hurts.
Just wondering why you don't use a 'framed' cabin and add electricity etc. These 8x12 cabins are $2850 so you could spend a few thousand more on fridge, bed, electric, a/c. etc. and still be cheaper. Just a thought....http://www.cumberlandbuildings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Cumberland_COLORADO_FIR_JUNE2015_WEB.pdf
I have medical conditions that take every penny I have and I have to decide which medications I can buy each month while the others wait so I hope that God blesses your campaign and all who struggle with debilitating diseases. I'm in Mobile, Al and homeless and I Pray that your campaign can reach other states as well. God bless your efforts to place people in a safe place to call home.
do you have a 501c3 and the ability to fill out a form with financials, etc that are professionally done? I am a trustee of a foundation and there are sometimes grants available for projects such as these. I did not see the 501c3 although your church may have one if the funds are segregated for this purpose. please advise
Dear Rev. please contact me im working very hard to do the same idea here in Decatur Tn to serve 3 counties,but i cant seem to get help maybe you could guide me,i want what you describe but i also want huge garden and fruit trees and berries and chickens and become self sustainable plus have a blessing barn with things for people to set up a house hold plus clothes and a food bank if you are on fb please friend me deanna mckinney and also join Crooked tree camp ground and hopetown group ,please contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org my phone number is 865 250-0775 Deanna Mckinney
Sorry for the loss. Hope this will not slow you down too much. Where are these homes going to be and how much land is involved? Did someone donate the land? I hope your project is a big success and that you will be able to build many more. As people see the progress and how it is working, they will be willing to donate again. Keep everyone updated and we love seeing the pictures.