Imagine how wonderful it would be if all contractors used their skills and excess building supplies to build something just like this?
I know it will not solve the problem permanently but I’ll bet there are so many who would feel like they had just woken up in heaven after a night’s sleep in something as lovely as this, after having slept for goodness knows how long.
I help, lord knows I really do, but somehow it always seems so little, yet, when I do share my bounty, I always see the Lord’s smile in those weathered faces, old and young, staring back in gratitude, the MAJORITY of these people are just so grateful to have their today, end a tiny bit better than their yesterdays. Something like the one in the video which they could lock up and truly call their own, could light up the spark of hope again, who knows, perhaps it could even put them back on a lost path…
While between jobs, my friend worked as temporary contractor for a construction company this summer doing construction clean up, both on a grocery store and an hotel site upgrade. You wouldn’t believe how much “scrap”material gets thrown away!! Literally TONS of ply wood, carpeting and 2×4 beams, I think the issue with donating these materials is the cost involved in transporting the stuff to their destinations.
Company’s in America can get a tax breaks from donating such materials, the cost of transporting, labor hours for loading and unloading and I’m certain several other factors may not be “cost effective to the company. BUT…. having been virtually homeless at one time myself…I love the idea of these initiatives!!!
Another huge shelter source are scrapped shipping containers, which, versatility as homes, is no secret, yet in spite of this, they are extremely under utilized, even worldwide.