Safe, clean, efficient housing can be hard to come by. For a single mother raising two young children with an income just above the poverty line, it can be especially challenging. The Itty Bitty House Project is a plan to re-purpose a small, unused structure on an otherwise vacant lot in a safe and beautiful neighborhood into an affordable, private home for a creative, talented and tenacious young family.
To find out more about this project or to contribute any materials, labor, funds, prayers or words of encouragement you may have to share, please contact Jennifer Jacques at (207) 664-4883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am interested in bartering tutoring, childcare or housecleaning experience and skills in exchange for your skilled labor, carpentry in particular (a bit of wall/knee wall framing and some minor shelving/simple cabinetry).
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Every little bit helps! Thank you!!
If you are unable to participate in volunteering or donating materials, you can still contribute to making this dream a reality!
Please choose an amount that feels right to you. Our goal is to raise $6,500 to complete the project and move in before the end of February 2014.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
Funds raised so far have gone to pay for:
- Excavator to install conduit for power line and attach itty bitty house to existing septic and well lines: $1000
- Electrical supplies (labor donated!) to install meter housing and switch box: $1200
- New materials (3/4″ fir tongue and groove plywood) purchased for subflooring: $1200
- Sheetrock supplies: $500
- Excavator to back-fill plumbing because the ground had frozen! $200
- Miscellaneous tools and materials: $600
- Purchase of lighting fixtures: $150
- Rental of Porta Potty from October-January: $250
Further funds needed for:
- Purchase of 460 square feet of tongue and groove material for the ceiling (estimate $500-800)
- Payment of plumber to finish plumbing
- Purchase of 6″ metalbestos stove pipe and fittings to install wood stove (Estimate $500-700)
- Dumpster Fee – Drop and $/Ton ($280?)
- Rental of Porta Potty for the rest of the project ($100)
- Miscellaneous tools and materials ($300)
- Desperate need of a PEX tool kit for finishing the interior plumbing…just to borrow for a couple weeks ok, but a donation of one would be fine too!
- Pine boards for loft floor (any length or width ok…just the standard board–324 sq. ft.)
- Tongue and groove pine for ceiling covering (approximately 460 square feet)
- 90 LF of 24’’ deep crushed stone bedded 40 mirafi wrapped 6’’ perforated UD around house to wick hillside run-off and groundwater
- Roofing – 10 Square of seamed metal (16’ long panels/each) or shingles
- Quonset hut (single car) or other move able storage
3. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We could still use a few folks who are willing to donate time for sheetrock/drywall installation. If you are able to volunteer even a few hours, it will really help! Please call 664-4883 or email email@example.com to volunteer.
THANK YOU DONORS!
(of money, materials, services, and time)
These businesses have gone out of their way to help us reach our goal and we hope you will do business with them in the future, knowing that they support growing healthy connections in our communities!
Hancock Lumber, Brunswick
EBS, Blue Hill
Keniston Tile, Bangor
Brown’s Appliance, Ellsworth
Blue Hill Disposal, Blue Hill
Liberty Crate Co., Hope
Valentine Footwear, Bangor
CCB, Inc., General Contractor, Old Town
Gilbane Federal Construction
Eggemoggin Textile Studio, Sedgwick
Dead River Co., Ellsworth
There will soon be a list of names of individuals who have given their time and energy to the project. We are equally grateful to everyone who has donated funds and words of encouragement. This project has been an affirmation of our belief that we can come together as citizens to make a difference in each other’s lives.
P.O. Box 111
Blue Hill, ME 04614
The most recent articles from Bangor Daily News by Nell Gluckmann:
Article from Fence Viewer, The Ellsworth American:
Here is a link to the article written in the Bangor Daily News by Nell Gluckman, staff writer.http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/16/news/midcoast/single-mom-finds-creative-way-to-make-itty-bitty-home-in-orland/
Here is a link to the WABI TV 5 News story aired 10/25/2013:
We really appreciate your interest and the positive energy that has come from sharing our story with others. Thank you for stopping by!