There are so many ways that tiny houses can help people in need. Today on the show we are joined by Kelli Becker, the volunteer coordinator and first veteran resident of Mattersville in Colorado. Mattersville is a unique tiny house community for veterans who struggle with mental health issues. This wonderful organization has a great story and mission, and Kelli is here to help spread the word.
In This Episode:
- Kelli's story: from Air Force to Mattersville resident to administrator
- What is Mattersville?
- How is Mattersville different?
- Mattersville's plans for sustainability
- About the wolf-dogs of Mattersville
- Veterans and wolf-dogs recovering together
- Plans for another community that supports vets and the pets of active duty military members
- Volunteer opportunities in Mattersville and ways to donate
Links and Resources:
- Arts of Life
- People's Tiny House Festival
- Leadership Douglas County
- Westerra Credit Union
- Operation Tiny Home
- Tiny Home Connection
Kelli is a new resident at Mattersville in Sedalia, Colorado. Mattersville is a 501c3 founded by Executive Director Drew Robertson that is dedicated to Drew’s friend Seargent Randall Hansen who served in the US Marine Corps. The loss of Randy to PTSD suicide is what sparked what has now become Mattersville, a tiny home community and wolf sanctuary for veterans with PTSD struggling with suicide and homelessness. Kelli reached out to Drew on Christmas Eve 2019 and was unanimously chosen by the selection committee a few short days thereafter and moved from Chicago to Colorado a week later.
This Week's Sponsor:
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To learn more you can head over to thetinyhouse.net/thd.
Arctic and Aspen
Hugs and kisses
Aspen and Dan Wistrand, Mattersville's Director of Animal Care
One of the enclosures
What a great group of people