Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tiny Missouri Church Builds Future for Homeless Veteran

Church Mission Committee Builds Tiny Home for Veteran 
By Karen Butterfield,
Missourian Staff Writer
December 31, 2014
Work Continues on Tiny House Life Stream Church Missions Committee member Louis Todd worked to install locks on a tiny home the committee is building for an area veteran in need. Also shown is Louis Day, committee member. The veteran has been living in substandard housing with no utilities. The home is 12 by 24 feet. Committee members began the project in September and expect to finish the project in January. Submitted Photo.
Life Stream Church’s (LSC) Missions Committee, Washington, is working toward building a “tiny house” for an area veteran in need. Tiny houses are being built across the American landscape to make a better life for homeless veterans and people who cannot earn enough to keep up with the rising cost of utilities and living expenses.

“Our LSC missions project is enabling a veteran who has lived ‘off the grid’ in substandard housing and tents without utilities, to be able to have the comforts of warmth and electricity and the assistance of solar power to reduce energy costs,” said Pat Todd, the LSC missions committee member.

“The joy that emanated from his face when he realized he could lift his arms above his head and also look out a secure window to see God’s creation while sunlight flooded the tiny house was life-changing for us,” she added.

The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran had been living without utilities in substandard or no housing for 26 years, Todd said. She didn’t want to reveal the man’s name. After the war, the veteran had purchased land in the Sullivan area planning to build a home, however; he could never meet county building codes.
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