Shepherd’s Village – Housing for homeless students
How we started
1. We started with 5 tents for 5 Edmonds Community College students.
2. Storage, toilet and study room were provided. The fixture on the right is the study room.
3. Placed a fence around the tents, storage, toilet and study room to provide a secured environment with a combination lock to protect from intruders.
4. Rain and snow collapsed the tents. In January and February and all through the raining season, tents collapsed and became unusable.
5. We installed tarps above the tents, hoping that it would prevent the tents from collapsing. Neighbors and city council members came and help.
6. The rain and snow collapsed the tarps protecting the tents. The tarps couldn’t handle the rain and snow and everything collapsed again, unbelievable!
7. We installed a canopy over the tents. Of course, we are fine during the summer, but we will see how that holds up the rain and snow. So far so good! We even installed small solar lights so that it is not entirely dark at night.
In a period of 9 months, we have had 12 students lived in our tent village, including the 4 students who are residing here now. We could only have up to 5 students at a time. We had some high turn-over because of the issues with the tents and the weather conditions. We also screen out people due to their current history of substance abuse, violence and mental health issues.
8. Replace all the tents with insulated lighted units, one student per unit (8x8x8).
We are collecting funds to replace tents with “Tiny Houses”
How can people help
- Make contributions towards Tiny House Project fund. Any amount is welcome and appreciated.
- Help with installation of the units. Those who have construction experience would be of immense help.
We are a federally recognized 501(c) (3) organization, so you can deduct your donations to us from your taxes!
Checks made payable to:
Jean Kim Foundation
PO Box 1835
Lynnwood, WA 98046
EIN # 47-4595766 (July 28, 2015).