World Shelters is honored to be working with a collaboration of organizations in Sacramento to promote the “Safe Ground” model for ultra-low cost shelter with integrated complementary services. Loaves and Fishes, the lead agency, has provided services to the needy in Sacramento for over 20 years. On June 19-20, 2009 World Shelters and a crew of currently homeless volunteers assembled two U-Domes at the headquarters of Loaves and Fishes. This step toward providing “shelter with dignity” was supported by private donations for the cost of the shelters.
World Shelters Executive Director, Bruce LeBel, and long-time World Shelters supporter, Steven Elias, coordinated the assembly and demonstrated a solar-powered evaporative cooler, solar fans and lights, and off-grid heating system.
The U-Dome80 is 80ft2, for individuals, and the U-Dome200 is 200ft2, for couples or parent(s) with child. These fire-retardant shelters provide safe secure private space, and are intended for use in just the kind of program envisioned by the public-private partnership working to achieve the “Safe Ground” program.
We’d like to acknowledge the many dedicated people working toward creating “emergence through emergency”, including: Sister Libby, Executive Director of Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Greg Bunker from Francis House, Maureen Wilson and Mark Merin from the Safe Ground Coalition, and the generous donors and hard-working volunteers who made this possible.
With the impending closure of shelters in Sacramento at the end of June, Safe Ground is planning an event on July 1st to catalyze support for sheltering homeless. For more information on the Safe Ground initiative please visit www.SafeGroundSac.org.
We will keep you appraised of any further news and details as they become available.