As we welcome 2016, there are lots of new things happening at Valiant Seed. Teresa, one of our co-founders, is making some big changes, decluttering and downsizing and making room for a bigger life with less stuff. She and her son have moved from their 1,400 square foot, 3 bedroom home to a 748 square foot “starter” tiny house.
As she makes these changes, we have had some good conversations about the future of Valiant Seed. Many people have asked us exactly what our work will look like. In Oregon, where we are based, we envision sustainable tiny home communities with access to health care, job training, and more. In Indiana, where co-founder Teresa lives, we have partnered with Family Promise of Hendricks County by committing financial resources to help local veterans find housing. We have not located land here in Indiana yet, and we hope to find a generous donor for that land when we do find it. Eventually we’d like to expand to other locales, and while we love the tiny home model we’ve come up with, we recognize that it won’t work everywhere. We are open to other kinds of engagement with homeless veterans depending on the area we are in, existing services, climate, and the needs of the community.
Downsizing will give our founders flexibility in how and where they accomplish the goals of Valiant Seed. Making room — for personal growth, new endeavors, and creating a fulfilling life — will also mean making room for the changes that come as an organization grows.
Valiant Seed is growing, and there are exciting things ahead for us: new partnerships, new connections, new ways of making a difference for veterans. As we make room in our life for this project, which sometimes feels as though it has taken on a life of its own, we are mindful of our original intent — giving veterans a space of their own and the tools to help them create a fulfilling life for themselves.
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