Community Pillar Award Goes To….

by Angela Thompson, Housing Specialist

Here at Associated Ministries we love to keep an eye out for amazing things happening in our communities and backyards. Each month a staff member brings to our attention someone who is acting as a Community Pillar by doing something great or someone who is supporting our families in unique ways.

This month the Community Pillar Award was accepted by Dan Smith on behalf of the Bates Architectural Woodworking, Cabinetmaking, and electrical Programs because of their hard work creating and building a “tiny home” under 100square feet, which will go to house up to four individuals experiencing homelessness.

This “tiny home” will provide a warm, dry and safe place to sleep while they work to find a stable long-term housing solution. The home is much more secure and habitable than other temporary options. The students and faculty involved in the project were thoughtful in the design and construction of the home in order to make the most of the space. They also added welcoming touches such as a small front porch with a flower box, sheets and cushions. The home also featured solar panels.

Multiple programs and students at Bates came together to make the project happen. We are grateful to have made the connection with Mr. Smith and hope to foster this relationship as we continue to try and meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness in our community.

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