Community Council of Franklin County will be meeting again December 1st, 2018 at the future Campus and Learning Center at 10450 Volkerding Road in Building 2. This newly formed council is dedicated to creating a network of groups and individuals to overcome specific barriers to Franklin County Families.
“We believe working together on specific goals and creating a system of care will produce traceable results.
We bring together individuals and organizations from all sectors including nonprofit, government, business, education, healthcare and the faith-based community to address issues such as homelessness, hunger and affordable housing. Each entity providing a specific role in the restoration of our community.”
The next meeting agenda includes discussion of the SafeHaven Enrichment Plan for Franklin County. Aquaponics which will directly impact Food Pantries and Schools, Feel free to contact anyone who believes in good nutrition and giving kids a fighting chance to succeed. And the manufacturing of the Zephyr Smart Home. Clinton and Anna Lewis with CEL Construction and Dave and Angie Wieda of Iron Bear Customs will be providing support for the planned prototype of the 1st Smart Home. The goal is affordable, modern housing as a solution for homeless and low income residents.
Looking to the future, we’re developing SafeHaven, a campus where young adults can learn a vocation and live rent-free. Acting as a waypoint after high school, SafeHaven will position these at-risk youth for full-time work and fully independent lives. They’ll have the opportunity to learn skills such as:
- Aquaponics (an ultra-modern self-sustaining farming system).
- Livestock development.
- Business management.
As part of their training, they’ll have the opportunity to benefit from these skills immediately. They’ll be able to eat and sell the food they grow and live on the campus they care for. And some will even be able to build their very own high-tech shipping-container homes.
Additionally, they’ll begin to learn the soft skills they need to survive in professional environments. They’ll learn how to:
- Communicate effectively.
- Make solid decisions.
- Motivate themselves.
- Lead others.
- Solve problems.
- Manage their time and money.
A Fresh Start
The SafeHaven campus is a fantastic facility. Though still in development, it already boasts residential and meeting spaces, a gymnasium, a pond, and other necessary features. And just this year, SafeKids secured over $143,000 in funding to gain the full use of the SafeHaven campus. We’ve collected food for people in need, hosted training seminars, and started updating the grounds.
But the campus is not yet ready to receive students. We need equipment and funding to train our young people. We need to hire staff to turn SafeHaven into a self-sustaining resource for our youth and our community as a whole.
Over the next few years, our goal is to raise $3.5 million to invest in Franklin County.