20,000 Oregon kids never get a home cooked meal, a daily shower, a place to doze off sleepily with their mother nearby. They are growing up homeless. We don't believe that's the way for any kid to live. We are a nonprofit organization focused on ending homelessness for children and families fiscally sponsored by Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, a 501(c) 3. Our eco nest homes are created from school buses with solar energy, warm showers and everything a kid needs to grow up healthy. They are crafted by homeless and formerly homeless people paid a living wage under the teaching hand of our contractor. Our homes will be leased with options to buy so our families can move on to free and independent lives. Everything about our organization is about creating dignity, stability, joy and learning. Everything about our homes honors Mother Earth. If it's not good for everybody, we don't do it. Period. Full stop. All homes will be parked at a legal and safe RV park which we'll pay for for the first six months.
We have a simple plan:
We can create a forever home for children and families with $18,000. That money gives a family a home for the rest of their lives.
We plan to create five new homes every year.
We need to raise $90,000 to give children and families the help they need. We've already raised $25,000. Now we need your help. We have $65,000 left to raise. Your donation goes directly and solely to support these forever homes. Stoves, ovens, showers, beds, floors, solar power and furniture. No child should grow up in the back seat of a car.
The little feet you see in the photo belong to children I met when interviewing the homeless living on the streets on the West Coast of the United States. Lilith has seven children. All were living and loving each other in a bus but it was very rough. No heat, no power, no bathrooms or play places. In hundreds of interviews homeless families told me what Lilith said-they desired a fully functioning bus they could afford to keep forever. I heard them and want to enable this dream. She was doing her best for her children but couldn't cook for them. Alone, her husband ill and not with them, she longed for the opportunity to care for her sweet and loving kids. That never came for this family. Her children became a part of the foster system and I lost touch with Lilith. But this project honors her and all families struggling. Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
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