Sustainable Home for a Homeless Vet

$3,375 of $11,750 goal

Raised by 36 people in 9 months
My name is Ryan Timmermans, and like many soldiers, I was not well when I returned from my first tour in Afghanistan.  I came back changed and felt like an alien in my own country. My mind and body were damaged, and I didn't know how to make them right. I knew I had to get help but was having a hard time finding it.  Out of desperation, I returned to Afghanistan to try to figure out what had happened to me.

While I was there, I found out that I was not alone in my failure to successfully rejoin society.   I resolved in that moment that I would dedicate my life to help restore to greatness those who answered our nations call to serve. I founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Veterans Off-Grid to do just that.

The harsh reality is that:

Twenty-two veterans will take their own life today

40,000 veterans will sleep on the street tonight

Our veterans are often forgotten and left to figure out how to reintegrate with little training. 

This is our chance to help them.

VOG is a team of veteran and civilian volunteers with a mission to alleviate veteran homelessness and support reintegration with society by building sustainable veteran communities. We are building a bridge for veterans transitioning from military life back into civilian life through healthy relationships with community and nature. Please join Veterans Off-Grid in building our first home for a homeless veteran while helping to protect our planet for future generations.


The Need

$11,750 buys the building materials we need to complete Phase One of our Summer Build 2018.  This first structure is a 320 sq. ft. Earthship-inspired building that will shelter and empower veterans throughout its long life. This home will also act as proof of concept for our future builds within the Veterans Off-Grid Carson Community.  It will allow us to apply for permits, prepare the site, build the house and install the systems that make it a sustainable home. 

We already have three veterans who need a home and are excited about joining our growing community. Veteran residents donate 35 hours per month to help build a home for the next veteran.

Helping our Heroes

The mission:  
To create communities of sustainable homes and businesses for our veterans. 

-This community will:
          -Provide reintegration assistance
          -Create a sense of community among veterans
          -Provide accountability and mentorship
          -Connect vets to readily available social services 
          -Provide a rent and utility free environment
          -Facilitate a sense of security
          -Provide employment opportunities
          -Provide business development opportunities          
          -Teach financial literacy 
          -Encourage a sense of purpose and mission       
Protecting our Planet

The mission:  
To protect and care for our planet by building sustainable homes utilizing the 6 principles developed by Earthship Biotecture.

-To build homes:
          -That use recycled materials in their construction
          -That harvest their own rainwater
          -That produce their own electricity
          -That produce their own food
          -That treat their own waste
          -That naturally heat and cool themselves

The Breakdown


Gravel and Sand--$750

We will be breaking ground July 17th 2018.  We would like your support on this worthy project.





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Hey Everyone!!! Lots of updates to pass along today!

-We got the USDA grant for an 1800 sq. foot hoop house!!! This will be the beginning of the Veterans Off-Grid agriculture program! Projected install in late March or early April 2019.

-Courtyard tire wall is now 4 courses high and growing, thanks to Mit, Carmella, and Olivia who come volunteer every Saturday.

-Compost toilet support building with compost bins 100% complete!

-Shower building with rain catch and recycled grey water for plants 90% complete

-Lumber ordered for Outdoor eating area

-Outdoor kitchen and tent sites under design review

-We received a 100.00 grant from Harbor Freight and a 5000.00 grant from Home Depot to help with lumber and tool acquisition.

-My Dad arrived from SC 2 weeks ago to help build. Sarah, Ryan, and Sloan are on their way to help this week.

-The 4 square church members in Taos, NM want to help as well. Working on a date and time that works for them.

-If you would like to volunteer on site feel free to message us! You are more than welcome to stay for as long as you'd like! Now with showers and toilets built, staying with us will be just like the Hilton! Haha!

-We have reached 25% of our goal funding in the 1st month! Thank you for your full faith and trust in us! We have 17 days left before we break ground! Please keep sharing periodically with personalized messages to allow others to get involved!

Thanks again for your full faith and trust in us! You are making possible this mission to help our veterans and help the earth. We really appreciate your gifts, thoughts, and prayers that enable us to continue.


The Veterans Off-Grid team
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Hey everybody! I am super excited and humbled to say that we just got selected by the GoFundMe team as one of their top 100 for the month of July and received a $1000.00 donation as part of their give back campaign! This 1000.00 will be matched by an anonymous donor and the combined total will purchase the 1750 gallon cistern that will continue to collect totally free water from the rain for the life span of the house! No Fluoride or other harmful chemical additives, just pure rain-caught desert water. Water is life! Thank you for continuing to share and reach out to your friends on our behalf! See below picture for how an Earthship design uses water 4 times throughout the house to maximize each drop collected.
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Hey everyone! Just a quick update. We have a generous offer of a matching $5000.00 for any future donations. The campaign is going great! Please spread the word that any future donations will now be doubled!!! Thanks again for your generous support!
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Thank you again for your donation to our campaign to raise funds for materials for our project Summer Build 2018: Phoenix Rising!

We want to give you a quick update--we've reduced the goal for this campaign as we've decided to break it down into a couple of phases. The new goal is $11,750 for Phase One--acquiring the materials for the structural completion of our first home.

We also have a matching donor incentive we'll announce later this week. Again, thank you, and please share this widely!


Photo by: R.L. Monroe
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