Avodah Acres - A Farm for a New Beginning
Organized by: Bob Freeman
Introducing AVODAH ACRES...... Working in His name. We are to help one another and we are to work as hard as He would to do that. Homelessness in this area is rampant, much like it is in a lot of the country. Our existing help agencies can't keep up and politics make it a game to them. They pick and choose who they help and many fall through the cracks. We literally have homeless folks freezing to death on our streets. We need an immediate solution to a growing problem. There are good folks fighting to get a homeless shelter built, but that fight will involve years, in my opinion. We need a place now. I have a huge dream. With His help, it will become a reality. I want to start a farm where the homeless can come and camp while they rebuild their lives and start anew. Avodah Acres will be a typical farm where we raise and market chicken, other poultry, eggs, livestock, and other produce. We will build yard barn size cabins, well insulated, for them to stay in. They will help build the cabin they will live in. It will be a community of homeless folks helping other homeless folks. Most homeless people are able and willing to hold down a job. So there will be shower and laundry facilities, and transportation to and from a job. Skills will be taught that they can use in their lives, such as growing a garden and raising some food. The idea is to never live under a bridge again. We need land. 20 acres would work but 100 would be better. The amount of money contributed will help decide how big of a farm we start with. A sample price for land around here is one farm for sale is 120 acres with a pole barn. It's about 2/3 woods. The pole barn can be converted to restrooms, showers, laundry, and a kitchen. It's listed at $360,000. It would be perfect, as well as it's location. But smaller farms can be found. Woods would help keep down complaints and nosiness. We can camp and raise animals in a woods. The agencies are now turning women and children away. They are literally sleeping under our bridges and in the woods around town. At one time, it was only men. Something must be done. I think this is one good step to finding a solution. Your donations can make this dream possible. My first step is to get our 501c3. That's $850.... Then we need money for land, improvements, equipment, and operating expenses. We have many volunteers willing to jump in and help. Its not a permanent place for homeless to live, but it gives them more time to get straightened out than the agencies five days. It gives them hope and lets them know someone cares. I hope you share this vision and do what you can to help bring Avodah Acres to life. Any amount is accepted and appreciated. It all adds up. Thank you and God bless.