In 2018, this tiny house village in Easley, SC came to our attention. It seemed to be the answer we had been looking for to offer hope to women and children for dignified, long-term transitional housing. The Dream Center was just that for us, the inspiration for what we might create in the Pee Dee. They welcomed our visits and questions on multiple occasions, and offered us their experience. This is where it all started, the inspiration.
After the many visits to the upstate, we began to take baby steps forward. We talked to the city planners to see if our property was a candidate for re-zoning. We had site plans drawn up and had the entire project put out for bid. A tiny “model home” was built and finally September of 2020 we broke ground. While it might seem like tiny houses have sprung from nowhere, this has been a long time coming. Prayerful support from many in this community has taken this project from dream to reality.
Every day the campus at our property on Darlington Street changes and we can’t help but thank God. The needs of women and children weigh heavy on our hearts and everyday we are a step closer to being able to move them into homes and futures to call their own. What will this program be? This will be long-term housing, for up to 24 months. Offering women the opportunity to get the training necessary to support themselves and their families away from these tiny houses.
This is not their forever home, it is a stepping stone to their independence. Not only do we change the trajectory of their lives, but the lives of their children. When all 24 houses are complete, these homes will also offer our graduates from the men’s home the opportunity to have a place to go for additional assistance before complete independence into the “real world” We couldn’t have done this without the Florence community’s prayers and financial support.