HOME in need of plumber

All bathroom humor aside, Prosperity Point is in serious need of a plumber.

“We need a plumber, if anyone has any plumbing expertise and would like to help,” said Sheila Fann, who co-founded HOME with Tina Higgins. “We would gladly accept the volunteer help of a plumber. What the community has done so far, words can’t express how truly thankful I am.”

The two provided an update on Prosperity Point, a temporary housing opportunity for individuals seeking to transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The update came during the Rotary Club of McMinnville’s luncheon on Thursday. 

HOME (Homeless of McMinnville Effort) has a goal of April 30 to begin utilizing Prosperity Point homes, and the beginning of May for an open house to invite the community to see the progress that’s been made.

To date, seven tiny residences have been donated or are in the process of construction for donation, one each from Centertown United Methodist, Liberty Presbyterian Church, and Central Church of Christ. Four were received from Breakfast and Noon Rotaries. 

“Central moved its house there this week,” said Higgins. “It’s beautiful. We couldn’t have done any of this without all the community support. It means so much to so many. We are ready to get this up and running and begin changing lives.”

Higgins says an eighth home is in the works. 

Establishing Prosperity Point was the dream of organization members. However, it quickly became a community effort to make sure that dream became a reality.

Among the numerous community volunteer efforts and donations:

• McMinnville government donated the land. 

• Tennessee College of Applied Technology is constructing the wood portion of the Centertown United Methodist home. 

• TCAT is also providing the electrical work for all the homes, the labor portion. 

• Contractor Michael Green is supplying the labor for the Liberty Presbyterian Church home.

• Superior Walls has donated the cement foundations for all eight homes. 

• Contractor James Hines is overseeing the Prosperity Point project.

“When it comes to this project, I could not have conceived what it would require,” said Fann. “Thankfully James Hines of Hines Construction offered his services. He took all the balls that we had floating around in the air and made something happen. I can’t say enough good things about him. All board members share that same sentiment. We would have been lost without him.” 

Prosperity Point is not a handout. It’s a hand up. Individuals accepted into the program must meet guidelines and participate in educational sessions aimed at preparing them to move out of Prosperity Point and into permanent housing. 

Yet to be constructed is a community center at Prosperity Point. Provided at the center will be various educational classes meant to address issues that may have led to their current situation so they can eventually obtain and maintain permanent homes.

“A community center will be vital to the program,” said Higgins. “That will be the next thing we will be thinking about – where can get funding for a community center? The center will provide the educational classes that they’ll need, a kitchen, a laundry room and a place where we can have friends and family days. We want Prosperity Point to be a community.” 

Would you like to help establish temporary housing for homeless individuals?

“We are planning workdays on Saturdays,” said Fann. “If anyone would like to participate in the Saturday workdays, I think those will start a week from Saturday.” 

That date is April 2. 

Current plans for Prosperity Point are 16 tiny homes, both single-person units and some slightly larger for families, and a community center.