Volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation helped build a tiny home for a disabled veteran during the foundation's “Celebration of Service” campaign on Oct. 29.
Workers came out to help with the project at the Tulalip Home Depot where they helped the nonprofit organization Impossible Roads turn two shipping containers into a livable home.
“We do a lot of giving back to the community,” said Jim Root, store manager of the Bellingham Home Depot and one of the volunteers on Oct. 29. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve partnered with an organization known as Impossible Roads."
People from all across the county and Puget Sound region came to help with the project.
“Volunteers from 10 different stores came down here to build furniture, decorate the home, and paint the containers,” said Root.
Impossible Roads has been an organization for two years now that has built about 10 tiny homes a year, said John Hope, president of Impossible Roads.
They partner with more than 40 different businesses and organizations to turn shipping containers into homes. “From windows to people that spray the insulation to framing,” said Hope.
Home Depot volunteers helped with a “little bit of everything” during their time volunteering, said Root. “Today was all about spraying some rust-proof paint on the outside, building the flooring and constructing some of the furniture."
The tiny homes are possible to build with re-used materials and with clean energy, said Hope.
“We try and be as green as possible,” he said. “They’re equipped with solar panels so they have access to heat and air conditioning.”
When finished the tiny homes will be self-contained and fully-functional houses. “Basically a super robust RV,” said Hope.
The tiny home being built in Tulalip is meant for Sgt. Rick Sierra, a U.S. Army veteran who is the father of a special needs child.
“Everything is ADA accessible, from the appliances to how they get into the home,” said Hope.
“Some veterans are displaced and some have a home that may not be suitable for their condition, and this really improves their lives,” he said.
The tiny homes still require land to be put on, but Hope said they are often put on the veteran’s family land as ‘accessory dwelling units’ (smaller separate housing units put on the same plot of land that a current house is on).
“It’s not just about this single veteran, it’s about creating an ethic about what the right thing to do is, veteran or civilian, because there’s a lot of people displaced or in need who could use a home like this,” said Hope.
He said he was happy with Impossible Roads partnership with the Home Depot Foundation.
“It’s just such a great time partnering with Home Depot. There’s around 80 volunteers who came out today in shifts,” said Hope.
Root said it is also a good activity for workers.
“For our associates, they get charged up by this and it’s a good team building event. We all walk away feeling good about doing this,” he said.