There’s a lot of talk about tiny homes these days. In fact, there are at least two television shows completely dedicated to the tiny house movement! And it is wonderful to see so many who support the idea of using tiny homes as a solution for our homeless population.
– Our Story –
In November 2015, our President, Jim Quaschnick Jr., awoke with an Inspired vision. At 3am, he grabbed his sketch pad and quickly began to draw lines and patterns ~ the Kavanah Tiny House began to emerge! But he only drew one. There’s a reason for that, and we’ll circle back around to it in a bit…
We have partnered with area high schools, charter schools, and non-profit organizations to ensure each Tiny House is hand crafted by students and young adults seeking their high school diploma. These students and young adults learn construction skills as they read drawings, frame, roof, hang windows and doors, install solar, insulate, drywall, texture and paint, lay laminate, cut baseboards, hang cabinets, and install countertops. What these students and young adults obtain is a skill, putting them on a pathway to a career in the construction industry. But what these students and young adults gain is something far greater – the satisfaction of BUILDING something… for the benefit of another.
The Tiny House is then transported to a church, in which we have partnered, to be utilized by a person wanting to transition from homelessness to housing. Our hope is to help homeless Veterans and emancipated youth quickly transition in to housing, but the Tiny House is built to help whoever is in need. The church and the occupant commit to supporting and serving each other. The church provides the care and services needed to assist in the transition, as the occupant volunteers in some manner to assist the church. And the process for both the church and the person in transition is simplified when the focus is one at a time.
The impact one Tiny House has in the lives of the youth who have built them, the occupants, the church members, and all their families, is enough to change communities. Real change. Deep change. Lasting change.
If you would like to participate by making a donation toward the materials needed to build a Tiny House, please visit our “donate” page. If you would like more information, or are interested in partnering with us in providing youth a career pathway while eradicating homelessness, please contact Jim Quaschnick, Jr. at email@example.com, or (916)869-5599.