Last week I wrote about plans to build micro-homes for the homeless in Grass Valley.
The project this past weekend was a big success. The needed $7,500 was raised in just one week and a group of volunteers showed up to build them.
It was documented on Facebook, in words, photos and video — once again showing the power of social media in reshaping how we communicate in our small towns.
It’s also an example of what I like to call the emerging “new guard” getting it done in our town, jumping into action with some out of the box thinking. This group has been a real agent of change, whether it’s founding a new Farmers Market or building mobile shelters for the homeless. It’s refreshing.
“In one day, 100 volunteers got together to make 40 micro-houses for the homeless (though we need another 1/2 day to put the roofs on). Wow, what an amazing community we live in!” wrote Nevada City council member Reinette Senum on her Facebook page.
Added Nevada City resident Alli Rallixsee: “It was so incredible to walk up today and see such a diverse, huge group of volunteers working busily away. Thanks for being such a powerful spark, Reinette.”
The shelters will be provided “wherever the homeless land,” though the long-term goal would be to create a more permanent location, or “village,” Reinette said.
This is a real meaningful shift from last winter, when people at a Nevada City Council meeting were arguing with one another about the homeless problem. Some of them were shouted down and mocked, including one suggestion that homeless people live in a sailboat parked in one resident’s driveway.
Douglas Keachie offered a link to his photos here.