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Bellevue Avenue Ribbon Cutting

This past Friday, A Tiny Home for Good celebrated another ribbon cutting ceremony at Bellevue. Here, we got to display to the public our four new units, that our residents will be moving into very soon. Despite the weather being cold, and rainy, the turn out was unbelievable and A Tiny Home for Good would love to thank everyone that made the day that much more special. Below is a photo of one of the new residents, Dale, who has given unmatched hard work and dedication to help get the units finished. 

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A very special thank you to Syracuse Mayor, Ben Walsh for saying a few inspiring words at the ceremony. Mayor Walsh stated how Syracuse is a city that embodies hope. Syracuse is making a major comeback after the job deficit that occurred. There is a lot of pride in this city that can go unseen sometimes, but bringing awareness, like what A Tiny Home for Good is doing, gives more opportunities to those who may need it. 

Here are some photos of what the tiny houses look like on the inside. Each unit was equipped with beds, bedding, bed side tables, lamps, laundry supplies, toiletries, microwave, coffee pot, kitchen utensils, towels and so much more to get the home owners started off! Thank you to everyone that helped put these awesome houses together!

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Congratulations to Dale for being the ribbon cutting recipient, and congratulations to the other new home owners of Bellevue! 

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Thank you to everyone that has helped throughout this entire project, we could not have succeeded without all of you; there were so many helping hands that made this possible for us. We cannot wait to start the next projects ahead of us, and bring more hope to the city of Syracuse. 

 

Erin Gillingham A Tiny Home for Good Support Staff

The Bellevue Corridor Project: Final Stages

A lot has happened since our last post! All four of our Bellevue units have a finished exterior, the electrical inspection was completed, and the insides are sheet rocked. The hopeful date for our residents to move in will hopefully be around the 3rd week of February! We have all of our residents picked out for these houses, and one awesome, hard-working man, Dale will be living in one of these tiny homes. We are so excited to present the residents and the community, these houses with our red ribbon cutting ceremony. We are so excited to see what is coming up next, and cannot wait to share the journey with all of you! 

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Erin Gillingham A Tiny Home for Good support staff

The Bellevue Corridor Project

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At the beginning of September we broke ground on our largest project to date, the Bellevue Corridor Project. By the end of November, what was a string of vacant lots on Syracuse's Southwest side, will transform into four new homes and a laundry unit for individuals facing homelessness. 

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 Slightly larger than our first five units, the Bellevue Corridor Project homes will be 300 square feet with a couple changes that our current residents have recommended. There will be a small foyer space so that muddy boots and snowy gloves won't end up in the middle of the living room. There will be a larger counter-top in the kitchen space for easier food prep and cooking. And there will be much more space in the bathrooms.

Slightly larger than our first five units, the Bellevue Corridor Project homes will be 300 square feet with a couple changes that our current residents have recommended. There will be a small foyer space so that muddy boots and snowy gloves won't end up in the middle of the living room. There will be a larger counter-top in the kitchen space for easier food prep and cooking. And there will be much more space in the bathrooms.

The homes, located in a flood plain, required that architect, board member, and devoted supporter of THG, Bill Elkins, think outside the box a bit. Instead of a typical basement or concrete slab foundation, we have decided to build on concrete piers and 6" x 6" posts... 

 A big thank you to Maxim Construction Services out of East Syracuse for the quick, competent, and donated work. The team dug the holes, installed the tubes, and poured the concrete for all four homes in about a week.  

A big thank you to Maxim Construction Services out of East Syracuse for the quick, competent, and donated work. The team dug the holes, installed the tubes, and poured the concrete for all four homes in about a week.  

 That right there is about all the lumber needed for the walls of one tiny home. I really pushed the limits of our little truck and it performed like a champ. 

That right there is about all the lumber needed for the walls of one tiny home. I really pushed the limits of our little truck and it performed like a champ. 

 The units all framed up. Once the plumbers and electricians wrap up their work and backfill the pipes and conduit, we can build the floors and get these walls into their permanent home. 

The units all framed up. Once the plumbers and electricians wrap up their work and backfill the pipes and conduit, we can build the floors and get these walls into their permanent home. 

Our work is not possible without the support and tangible help from dozens of people and companies... 

 WHAT a group. Students from SUNY ESF, SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and a couple good friends of the organization, went to town wrapping up framing one home and the laundry facility. They also built a rock wall with all of the concrete that the excavation unearthed. SO MUCH FUN working with these excited groups.  

WHAT a group. Students from SUNY ESF, SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and a couple good friends of the organization, went to town wrapping up framing one home and the laundry facility. They also built a rock wall with all of the concrete that the excavation unearthed. SO MUCH FUN working with these excited groups.  

 Difficult, taxing, could-have-been-demoralizing work. But upbeat vibe of every volunteer from the group above made it fun. Really.

Difficult, taxing, could-have-been-demoralizing work. But upbeat vibe of every volunteer from the group above made it fun. Really.

 And then there is Dale. Dale, a US Army Veteran, long-time member of the Brady Faith Center, and a self-proclaimed (and proven-to-date) jack-of-all-trades, has become a regular volunteer. First to arrive at the site and last to leave, it has seemed to me as if Dale has been a part of THG since we broke ground on our first properties in March of 2016. His work ethic is unmatched. I am so fortunate to be working next to him. Above he is doing the cooking at our monthly Resident's Dinner. 

And then there is Dale. Dale, a US Army Veteran, long-time member of the Brady Faith Center, and a self-proclaimed (and proven-to-date) jack-of-all-trades, has become a regular volunteer. First to arrive at the site and last to leave, it has seemed to me as if Dale has been a part of THG since we broke ground on our first properties in March of 2016. His work ethic is unmatched. I am so fortunate to be working next to him. Above he is doing the cooking at our monthly Resident's Dinner. 

I love the team that I get to work with every single day.

Thanks for reading all. Please get in touch if you or your group would like to get involved as we progress on the Bellevue Corridor Project. 

-Andrew, Director THG

Summer Servants

This past Thursday, we had a crew of volunteers offer their services to clean up Dolphus' backyard. The volunteers are a part of the Summer Servants program through Brady Faith Center.  Dolphus' yard was overgrown with tall weeds, burdock plants, and other invasive greenery. With my and Andrew's help, this group of teenagers nearly cleared away all of the brush until a rainstorm forced us to quit.

During our time together, I had the chance to speak with one of the volunteers, Mika. Mika explained that she had been invited to do service with this group with the intention of wanting to help people. I learned that these Summer Servants had spent their whole week visiting different charities and performing varied tasks in Syracuse. Among these varied tasks, the group had visited Catholic Charities to fill gift baskets and had served food at a rescue mission in the city. This group also got to meet many new faces, including Dolphus, through Pedal to Possibilities when they joined in on Wednesday's bike ride. Mika concluded our chat with stating that she was happy to be helpful in any small way that she was able, but that she hoped to have a larger impact on the big picture in her future.

When the rain halted any further work, I was able to step back and realize how much better Dolphus' plot looked. The volunteers had started putting down landscape fabric to prevent any more weeds from growing. And soon, Dolphus' backyard will be mulched and all eyes can focus on his garden.

And hopefully, the city doesn't have too much trouble clearing away the remains of this cleanup.

-Claire