By Dr. Maritony A. Yamot and Rev. Ken Lackey
The holidays are the season when we stop and begin to think, “How can I give back this year and what are some different ways to help out?”
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help out during the holidays that don’t cost a thing. The Tiny Homes Project — with Rev. Ken Lackey of the Center for the Perfect Marriage Church at 6101 International Blvd. — needs to increase its capacity and we wanted to remind our community that everybody matters to God.
As chief operations officer for The Tiny Homes Project, I join Lackey in expressing gratitude for the support that the Oakland Post, as our media partner, has helped us with in gathering community and faith-based leaders to help solve our increasing homeless problem in the Bay Area. We can no longer ignore homelessness in Oakland, which has now reached a humanitarian crisis.
We want to launch an intensive month-long generosity campaign to help the increasing homeless issues in our neighborhoods by adding to the number of tiny homes that we have already built at various private locations in Oakland.
We invite you to join us as we partner with some of Oakland’s fabulous nonprofit organizations to meet critical needs in our communities.
Whether through donation or action, there are plenty of opportunities to give.
We are accepting applications for volunteers and accepting donations that we can use to build Tiny Homes. You might have things in your house or garage you haven’t used or extra construction tools, a bag of stud nails, used doors, windows, roofing materials, lumber, metal, hardwood flooring, sheetrock tape, paints, and anything that we can recycle to build and add to our Tiny Homes.
We are also looking for vehicle donations of trailers or any truck for hauling material and picking up volunteers and homeless people that are helping to build Tiny Homes. We build our homes with primarily donated and surplus materials, allowing us to cut costs and provide a pleasant home for under $40,000.
Each and every person who wants to help out and eradicate the homeless problem in the City of Oakland can donate funds for us to build a Tiny Home. If donors want to give money to the ministry, we will build a tiny home and name it after them. Know that your donations will be able to take a whole family off the street during this cold season.
In addition, we are open to getting a sponsor or sponsors for an entire Tiny Homes Community Park and we have a separate location that will be designated for homeless veterans, the elderly, single mothers or single fathers, and any individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, such as those living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, places not meant for habitation, or sleeping on our streets.
Please spread the word and contact us about any way you can help our Tiny Homes Community Project with Rev. Ken Lackey.
There are three ways to contact us
- By Phone/toll-free number: 1-833-233-8900 ext. 1
- By Email: TinyHomesC@gmail.com
- By Appointment/Donation Drop off location at the All About Grits Restaurant at 6101 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
Or you can attend our next two major events:
- Tiny Homes Fundraising Event on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. Place to be announced.
- Tiny Homes Community Building Workshop with the help of our community and local partners in the Bay Area. Date and place to be announced.
Contact us for more details of these two events or any ways you can help in this season.