Weekly Update! Successful Fundraiser and Buying Land!

OM Build TIny House Weekly Update:
Fundraiser Party a success! Thanks to the many volunteers who made it possible, OM Build raised more than $2000 at our fundraiser and silent auction last Saturday. Missed the party? You can still Donate here… 


Moving forward with OM Village: Our bid to purchase Sanchez Motors, 2050 E.  Johnson, has been accepted (so expect more fundraising appeals soon!) The property will be the new home of OM Build, our tiny house factory, as well as a tiny house community! If you live in the neighborhood, it’s especially important that you make your support for OM Build known to your neighbors. We’ve already been encouraged by some positive responses from people who live nearby!

Community meeting on OM Village proposal: There will be a community meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14th at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation to to hear from the neighborhood and to discuss the OM Village proposal. The meeting starts at 6:30. People from outside the neighborhood are welcome to attend, but we ask that you keep comments brief, to give priority to neighborhood residents.


This week: Work will focus on preparing the shop for the start of work on House 3. Work continues on House 2 as well, finishing insulation, interior paneling, windows and the door. We welcome volunteers at all skill levels, training and close supervision will be provided by OM Build shop managers. Please be sure to dress warmly, some work may be outside.

Shop Hours – Week of Jan. 13th – Jan. 18th:
Tuesday 1/14  6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Thursday 1/16  3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 1/17  4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 1/17  6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Sunday 1/19 noon-4pm Shop Manager: Brenda K

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: Just go to the shop at one of the above posted times, and join in!
We can work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Update! Successful Fundraiser and Buying Land!”

  1. Hello,
    Thank you for the meeting last night. I live on 6th st near Johnson, in a small intentional community. A part of our mission is to live simply and in smaller spaces, thus creating less of a carbon footprint, and providing community and support for one another. I believe we share this vision. The model you are proposing is tricky, as you saw in the response of the crowd this evening. Firstly, I feel very strongly that the project should not be affiliated with the previous Occupy Madison movement, as this is no longer in resistance. It is it’s own idea full of potential, and it’s hard for people to see into the future being linked to an idea in the past that brought much question and concern. Secondly, I felt that there should have been a future resident of a tiny house there sharing their story.
    Ultimately there is a much deeper issue here than this project, and that is how homelessness is addressed in our society, and the general public is scared and in denial about this, thus the reaction you saw tonight in introducing this project at their doorstep.. One must first establish the connection of relating in this dialogue. This takes time. The concerns of the neighbors should be heard and understood, validating them, and from that point moving towards solutions.
    Sure, it’s easy for me to see the potential of this project, awakening an awareness in our hearts, thinking outside of “the box”. Really, look where the model of single family homes has gotten us: excessive resource consumption, isolated/alienated from any sense of community/sharing, creating more waste than ever, more material items, and the greed over sole ownership of these items. We absolutely need to open up our hearts and minds to new ways of relating to living here on earth.
    In curiosity and support of this project,
    fox in the neighborood

  2. I think this is an awesome project! I am inspired. I found you through the tiny house newsletter. You may be inspiring many other projects to come. Best of luck getting the village land secured.

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