Dearest and I are deeply involved with this non-profit, which was founded by a very old and dear friend who has the same physical problems I do because of Environmental Illness/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Housing for folks like us is very, very limited. A lot of us become ill because of toxic housing and end up not only sick, but also homeless. Hence, the project.
As a volunteer architect, Dearest helped find the right house, then designed renovations to turn it into three chemical and electrical sensitivity-safe units.
As a volunteer contractor, he now donates one day a week to physical work on the site. At the moment, they’re mostly doing cleaning (the oil tank HAD to go!) and demolition.
As a volunteer computer nerd, I have obtained the sales tax exemption number (what a pile of paperwork THAT was!) and designed and printed our stationery, which is über cute, even if I say so. 🙂
My chief task at the moment is to monitor local freecycle and online garage sale sites for building materials we’re going to need.
At the moment, we have zero bucks. With $5,000, we could do the improvements the bank requires to get a construction mortgage to finance the rest of the renovations. After the work is done, the units will be sold or rented, providing money to repay the mortgage.
We have a web site now! It explains things and has pics of the house.
If any of you are looking to maybe transfer your tithe to a new organization, this is a good one! NOBODY takes a salary. Every single penny will be squeezed until it screams to move us toward our goal of providing housing for three EI-ers.