Mini-homes bridging gap for homeless

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Tiny homes have been a craze for the last several years.

A non profit in Champaign has a vision of how they can help the homeless.

Restoration urban ministries built their first mini home. It’s on West Maple Street in Champaign.

They could use a little help to get the project finished.

Restoration Urban Ministries is continuing to shed light on homelessness. They came up with the idea of “mini homes” several years ago. Crews got started on the work but it’s taken some time to get to where they’re at now.

“It was a long drawn out process, lots of hurdles mostly use of volunteers and local contractors who gave their time.” 

Board member Joyce Baldwin says this space will soon turn into someone’s future. Roger Beals is a contractor in Champaign County. He heard about the need for volunteers. And says it wasn’t even a question if he’d say yes.

“As a body of Christ that’s what we’re supposed to do we’re supposed to be the arms and feet of christ.”

There’s still work to do before it’s ready for someone to move in. But eventually this will be a one story home with all of the essentials.

‘To give a person or a couple an opportunity to have self respect and be a part of a community they can contribute to instead of take from.” 

Bonnie Craft works with the ministry. She knows firsthand for some it will be their first.

“We’re transitional housing and just the people that are coming in are considered homeless so our desire is to see them become self sufficient.” 

It’s a small house that will eventually serve a big purpose.

“Give them pride, a new direction, and new life.”     

They’re currently looking for volunteers and donations. Up next they will work on floors, plumbing, and drywall.

If you think this is something you could help with contact them. The goal is to have the home finished before the end of this year.

You may send your donation to Restoration Urban Ministries, 1213 Parkland Ct, Champaign, IL 61821

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