Hi, I am a female Veteran that found my HOME with Operation Tiny Home. As a Veteran, it is so hard to make the transition to the civilian world. Many of us feel lost, we feel the void of "family", team work, camaraderie and a purpose greater than ourselves. We feel the void of not having our brothers and sisters by our side. We feel the stares as we discuss our military time and deployments and people that never served, cannot understand.
I first found out about OTH in San Antonio, Texas 2.5 yrs ago. I was unsure what it was about and if my time would be well placed. I was nervous to see if I would be able to connect with other service members or if there would only be a handful for photo ops and be done. Since the workshop was free, what did I have to lose? I figured, if it was another photo op nonprofit, I could just leave. Going to the workshop was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have learned to much on building and proper tool usage. I have formed lifelong friendships and I have once again felt I am there to serve a greater purpose and feel the sense of family. THIS let's my know that my time and money is well placed. OTH gives me something to look forward to, a way to connect with other Veterans and allows me to help make a difference in people's lives. I was given a hand up when I HIT rock bottom. I will always and forever be grateful for those allowing me to know I was worth saving and that I WAS NOT alone in my struggles. I am thankful for OTH and the knowledge in building they have taught me, allowing me something to look forward to with each build and allowing me to feel like part of a team and family that many of us Veterans miss when we get out. Something bigger than ourselves. I have been to many builds, using my own money to get to them. When I walk onto each new workshop, I feel peaceful and I am welcomed like a family member. Many of us keep going back for many builds. We have laughed, cried, encouraged and learned from one another. YES, we are learning how to build tiny homes, furniture and other useful knowledge, we are sharing stories and healing parts of ourselves as well, by being around other Veterans and sharing stories. Most importantly, we are getting Homeless Veterans off the streets. THIS is so important to myself and fellow Veterans I speak to at the builds. We do not want to see our brothers and sisters, after serving our great nation, living on the street and thrown away by society, after their sacrifice. WE see ourselves in those people and know, that there are some that truly care about Our Veterans. We know that many of us are hanging on by a thread and could be the next statistic in suicide or homelessness.
Here are some pictures of things I have learned during my time with OTH. I have also been able to use these skills as I slowly make repairs to my own house and not feel so overwhelmed that I do not have the money to pay for someone to make the repairs, as I was watching my home fall apart around me. I am now feeling a little pride in my house once again. The last two picture are of my hallway at my house. I was able to repair some drywall and add the trim around the doors and walls.
Operation Tiny Home is an amazing non-profit making a real difference in people's lives. I've seen strangers become friends in just a few days during building workshops, and the amount of training and hands-on learning they provide is incredible.
Operation Tiny Home is a force of community and contribution; their partnerships with local nonprofits foster lasting connections within communities across the U.S. You can tell that everyone involved in their projects are passionate about what they're doing and having fun at the same time! This was the case at the volunteer event I was a part of, and even after just a few hours, the teamwork present between volunteers, partners, and builders was very apparent and we had a blast in the process.
Operation Tiny Home is near and dear to my heart. I remember when OTH was at the beginning of its journey. Built on the desire to help a veteran in need was the first seed planted. As a new non-profit at that time there was so much that was unkown, but the hope to fulfill a dream flourished into the incredible organization it is today. Behind this amazing story has been an inspiring leader who's strength and vision to create a sustainable organization has helped to show us all that dreams can come true. Thank you for the opportunities you have provided to help so many in need. OTH keeps us believing we all can make a difference.
It’s been an absolute blast partnering with OTH. Working with the staff has been a pleasure in itself, through the riveting conversations on the phone, to our many email correspondence, their unwavering professionalism and knowledge made this experience one to remember. We’re realizing our tiny home dream a lot sooner than we thought because of this organization.
It was my pleasure working with this team in Bellingham Wa this year. What an experience!!! The love was felt everywhere, everyday. Team work was awesome and inspirational
Volunteering with Operation Tiny Home is an honor. What this amazing nonprofit organization does for veterans, Native American and those in need of housing deserves recognition. Watching communities come together and support the development of tiny homes is rewarding. I’m proud to be involved in this worthy program.
Having worked with several nonprofits over the years I know a great one when I see it. You don't have to wonder where your donation dollars go or how they're used its evident in the outcome of their work and the lives tranformed.