As fewer and fewer buildable lots became available in the city, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity began larger projects on undeveloped land. In 2012 Habitat began the Woods at Golden Givan, a 30-home enclave.
A key to making this a community was dedicating a portion of the site to a recreation area and a community building—the Common House—serving children, families, and the community as a whole.
As a center for community meetings, trainings, and celebrations the Common House is a vital place that makes Golden Givan a community rather than a collection of houses.
Wilderness Trails began in 1967 serving youth in the Medford-Jackson County area of southern Oregon. The youth that came to the program were referred through the Oregon Department of Human Service, Child Welfare Department, Juvenile Department, and private agencies working with youth.
The first camps were backpacking trips into the wilderness. But more youths were referred to the program than these outings could handle, Expanding opportunities meant finding a camp site, and eventually Wilderness Trails found property in the forested hills between Ashland and Klamath Lake. Volunteers soon built a tent camp and the first cabin on the property. The cabin housed campers during winter weekend camps.
While another cabin and a lodge where added, the core of Wilderness Trails’ program has been tent camp. This camp is near the swimming hole—a large pond—and away from distractions. But with more and more youth coming to camp, the logistics of meals, showers, first aid, and equipment storage took time away from working with campers.
The solution was the building shown above, A modest shelter, kitchen, and storage cabin adjacent to the tent camp. Now Wilderness Trails is equipped to continue serving youth in southern Oregon; allowing them to connect with nature and to reflect upon the positive things in their lives.
Aging in place is a common issue for rural communities and the weekly contact of Meals on Wheels can be a lifeline for both good nutrition as well as a senior's outlook on life.
Mercy Foundation North supports the work of Meals on Wheels in the far north of California. This new vehicle serves northern Redding and rural areas around Shasta Lake. In 2013 Meals on Wheels served over 70,000 meals to 520 homebound seniors throughout Shasta County.