(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,
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!
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 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.
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.
I'm homeless in massachusetts. i took baths in the river until december 1st out here tho its was VERY cold. we get freezing rain, 1ft of snow, rain in the winter, -10 degree nights and i survive quite comfortably and everything i have fits into a backpack and medium sized duffle bag. Not to sounds rude but it really just looks like your building a $1500 tent. So basically if your gonna spend that kind of money, spend a little extra that will make all the difference. Having a desk, bed large enough to stretch out in, even some room for a bowflex or something. i have done the math on bulk ordering supplied from home depot/lowes where ever was cheaper. its only 142k for a 3 story120x40ft building with a 12ft cellar ( 20 12x14ft rooms per floor). everything with a fixed price tag was included except for nails. Windows, doors, electric and plumbing were not included but by the sounds of being a contractor i think you could get these done a bit cheaper, one window per room would add another 9k(150$ window)-12k(200$ window). 156k less elec, plumbing and digging out that foundation, which you really dont even need so perhaps you can shave 10k off that price. tho having that huge basement would give them laundry room, lounge and other luxuries. hoping some have SSI or a job of some sort they would need to chip in and pay the electric. anyways even at 180k which i doubt you would pass, thats almost 3k per person. you could even go to 4 or 5 stories as every story makes the foundation and roof that much cheaper per sqft.