Tiny houses have big impact for homeless
Carmen Guidi is founder of Second Wind Village nestled in Newfield, just a few miles outside of Ithaca. â€œI just thought to myself, how would I want to live? If I was in that situation and that’s how it came about. quot;I mean, I knew nothing about a tiny home anything. Once we started putting together these, like oh, â€˜tiny houses,’ I know I would like to live that way if I was that and that’s why these men do so well here.â€� For Carmen Guidi, building the Second Wind Cottages, a small collection of nine quot;tiny.
Housesquot;’ on his property In Newfield, just five miles outside Ithaca, was divinely inspired after good will trips to Honduras and Haiti. The auto body repair tech created the cottage village as a nonprofit, and private donations and volunteers help build each $15,000 home. Unlike a shelter or group home, Guidi says the cottages meet a crucial need for the homeless. â€œThey give the men a level of dignity that they can’t get anywhere else. quot;They take ownership, which I think is very important to take an ownership, even though they don’t own the houses, they still take an ownership, they take pride around the surroundings.
quot;Here’s the thing, they want to stay in community, yet they want to have their own time too in their own space.â€� The cottages are like autonomous studio apartments, allowing the residents to regain a sense of normalcy with their own kitchen, bathroom and living space, and some even keeping pets in their home. So far, Second Wind only serves homeless men, although Guidi hopes to expand the project to include individual housing for women and children at a separate location. While he’s not a professional social worker, Guidi has been reaching out to and building.
Relationships with Ithaca’s homeless for years. â€œA lot of the times when people are put into the program type models, they feel like a project. Here, the men, they don’t feel like a project.â€� Just off of Ithaca’s main commercial boulevard, behind a popular multinational discount department store, is a field of overgrown underbrush and a thicket of trees. It’s become an unofficial campground. Most people might not notice it at all, but to the homeless of Ithaca and Tompkins County it is wellknown as â€˜quot;The Jungle.quot;.
Guidi makes frequent trips to the area. â€œI don’t know, there was someone staying under that tarp, I don’t know if there’s anyone in there now or not.â€� He says most of the relationships he’s built start with him offering food or supplies and eventually he’s able to convince some to move into the Second Wind Cottages. â€œAnd that’s Bill’s spot down there.â€� He says one of the most shocking things he’s learned is how many homeless people cannot afford to live any other way.
Â€œAnd he’s worked. He works every day. He works every single day.â€� The Jungle may look desolate and bleak, but that’s not where all of the homeless in Ithaca find themselves. Nels Bohn, director of Ithaca’s Urban Renewal Agency, says the city successfully houses most of their homeless. The unsheltered population, including those who live in quot;The Jungle,quot; is only about 15 to 20 people. â€œI think we pretty well know most of our homeless persons by first name and understand.
Their needs a little bit better because we have the advantage of being so small. quot;The disadvantage is once we fill up our emergency shelter or Magnolia House project, we don’t have any more room. There’s just limited capacity.â€� As a smaller city, Ithaca has about 40 emergency shelters, one new shelter called Magnolia Project, for women and children, and about 100 permanent supportive housing units. Bohn says the city is supportive of Guidi’s Second Wind project, but addressing the issue means more than just a roof over their heads and food on the table. â€œBuilding a facility by itself probably won’t solve all the needs because people.
DIY 10 Easy Phone Projects DIY Phone Case Pouch More
Hey guys! It’s time to get all crafty because today I’m going to show you how to make your phone girly and cool. We’re going to glam up a bunch of phone cases, headphones and we’re even making a protective pouch. So are you ready for some awesome phone DIYs, which for sure you haven’t seen before. If your answer is quot;yesquot; then just keep watching. Let’s start off by making a protective pouch for our cell phone. First you need to get any hollow rounded object, with the dimensions big enough to fit your phone. This paper cup works perfectly for my Samsung Galaxy S5. Besides you will also need a glue gun, bobby pins, yarn, scissors, embroidery hook and a needle. Before we start knitting we need.
To make a simple knitting loom. Take a cup and a bunch of bobby pins. Start placing pairs of pins on the edge of the cup like so, leaving about half an inch space between each pair. Now it’s time to get the glue gun and put some glue over and around each pin to assure they will stay in place while knitting. If you don’t have a glue gun you can just use a tape and wrap it around the cup and the pins. When all the pins are glued in place, wait for the glue to dry and then we can proceed to the fun part, knitting! Take your yarn and this is optional a straw. Straw makes it much easier to wrap the yarn around the pins. Cut a piece of a straw and thread the yarn through it. Leave about five inches of.
Yarn loose like so and then start wrapping the yarn around each pin and make sure that you have loops on the outer side and the connecting line of yarn on the inner side. See how the straw helps me to quickly wrap the yarn around the pins. When you reach the first pin again, just continue with one more row above the first one. Now take your hook and pull the bottom loops over the top ones. Grab the bottom loop, go over the top one and over the pin like so. If you don’t have a hook you can make one from a piece of wire. Go all around the loom until our first row is finished! Now I need to again wrap the yarn around the pins, but from now on I only need to wrap them once. When all the pins are wrapped take.
The hook again and pull the bottom loops over the top ones. These are the two steps that you need to keep repeating until your pouch is long enough: wrap the yarn around the pins, pull the bottom loops over the top ones and again wrap the yarn around the pins so that you can again pull the bottom loops over the top ones. It’s so simple! Ok, one final row and my pouch will be long enough for my phone. Here I am showing you that you can also wrap the yarn without a straw. Takes a bit more time but works totally fine too. I need to pull the bottom loops over the top ones for the last time now and here we go! Cut your working yarn, leaving about ten inches and thread on a needle. Go under and through.
The loop that has a working yarn hanging out and pull the yarn all the way through the loop. Then go under the loop next to it on the right, pull the yarn through and proceed to the left. As you do that you can take the loops off the pins. Just work your way zigzag, go through the right loop, then left one, then right again and so on until all the loops come off from pins. Now the pouch should easily come off the loom. Pull the working yarn so that the pouch tightens on one side in a straight line like so. Thread the working yarn on a needle and make a couple of stitches and knots to secure the work. You can flip the pouch inside out, or you can have it on this side if you prefer. The pattern is slightly different.
And I decided to flip it around, because I like it better that way. As you can see we still have a piece of yarn hanging out from the side with the opening. We will attach the pom pom on it. Just thread the yarn on the needle and make a couple of stitches through the pom pom. Cut away the extra yarn and we are all done with this beautiful pouch. If you don’t know how to make a pom pom, check my DIY beanie tutorial. It’s so easy to make but adds a little extra cuteness to the pouch. I can now throw my new Galaxy S5 in the bag together with keys and other pointy objects and my phone will stay protected and without scratches. Let’s continue with beautifying your headphones.
You’ll need some plastic beads and scissors. Using scissors cut the beads along like so. Beads need to be from a softer plastic, which is easy to cut and can be opened like this. Just continue cutting the beads until you have them enough to cover the length of your earphones cable. Then open the bead along the cut and place it on your earphones like that. Continue doing this until your headphones are entirely covered with colorful beads. Beads also prevent headphones from getting tangled, which is really useful for me particularly. I usually start using them by spending several minutes untangling them first. Colorful beaded headphones are also super cool to look at. And voila, now you have the coolest and most.