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Roseburg volunteers help build tiny home veterans village - 11/06/18

Oakland, Oregon, Nov. 6, 2018 – With support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, Operation Tiny Home will host a construction workshop on Nov. 8-10 in Oakland, Oregon where veterans will build a 480 Square Foot “tiny home”, the first of two that the organization has committed to build to help address veteran homelessness. The homes will launch Valiant Seed Veterans Village, a new project in Roseburg, OR that will provide housing and supportive services to veterans struggling with housing instability.

Operation Tiny Home, a nonprofit organization, partners with like-minded nonprofits across the United States to provide skills training workshops for veterans that produce custom high-quality tiny housing solutions as part of a cohesive supportive services program for low-income and combat-wounded veterans. The organization’s Building a Better Future program empowers veterans to build a better future for themselves and their fellow veterans through tiny-home-building workshops that cultivate sustainable communities and lasting transformation in veteran housing stability.

Zack Giffin, co-host of the FYI TV network show “Tiny House Nation,” will lead the three-day workshop. The workshop will teach construction and carpentry skills to 35 veterans and community volunteers who will build the first tiny home for the Valiant Seed Veterans Village in Roseburg. A project of the nonprofit organization Valiant Seed, the village will be a self-sustaining, eco-friendly community of tiny houses for veterans that incorporates services such as health care and job training.

“Operation Tiny Home is built on partnerships and it’s what we do together that makes the greatest impact,” said Gabrielle Rapport, Chairman and Executive Director of Operation Tiny Home. “together with Wells Fargo we couldn’t be happier to bring the community together to support the Valiant Seed Veterans Village as they lead the way to providing much needed affordable housing and supportive services to female veterans in Douglas County.”

The Wells Fargo Foundation’s National Housing Grant Program donated $55,000 for this project, and Wells Fargo team members will volunteer in support roles during the workshop. Since 2012, Wells Fargo Foundation housing philanthropy programs have provided more than $15 million in grants to support sustainable housing for veterans.

“Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live, especially our veterans, who have already sacrificed so much for our country,” said Jeff Chavannes, military community programs manager for the Wells Fargo Foundation, and an Army veteran. “This grant is just one way Wells Fargo is doing our part to serve them. We are proud to support the work that Operation Tiny Home and Valiant Seed are doing for veterans in this community.”

On Nov. 11, Zack Giffin and the Operation Tiny Home team will showcase a tiny home on wheels built for a disabled veteran as part of their Veteran Housing Program during the Douglas County Veterans Day parade, one of the largest Veterans Day parades in Oregon.

About Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that assists people to maintain a life of dignity through high-quality tiny housing solutions and empowerment training programs. Our Building A Better Future Program provides hands-on training workshops for veterans where participants can learn carpentry and construction skills while building a home that is donated to support a fellow veteran struggling with housing instability in their community.  To donate or for more information visit: operationtinyhome.org

About Valiant Seed

Valiant Seed provides at-risk veterans homes in a cooperative, environmentally responsible community that utilizes the concepts of permaculture, holistic living, microenterprise, organic food production and sustainability. Veterans are afforded access to community services including health care and job training in an environment that nurtures self-empowerment, mutual respect and individual freedom. To learn more visit: valiantseed.org

About Wells Fargo

Over the past 25 years, Wells Fargo Foundation housing philanthropy programs have donated more than $212.7 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low- and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans and families. The foundation has mobilized more than 4.75 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly 7,600 homes and counting.

Wells Fargo has 5,200 team members in Oregon who serve customers through a network of 142 banking, mortgage and investment offices and operate 232 ATMs. In 2017, Wells Fargo invested almost $3 million in hundreds of nonprofits and schools across Oregon. In addition, the company’s Oregon team members volunteered 46,000 hours of community service. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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