Alabama is short 90,000 homes. There are over 100 families in the Lee and Macon County area alone that need vital repairs to make their homes safe, warm, and dry! In order to serve these families and bring attention to their struggles, our director and other volunteers will be living in shacks.
How does it work? Lisa will stay in a small shack for several days battling the elements. Her shack has open windows, a roof that will leak, and it needs small plastic bags stuffed in holes to insulate. It has enough room for a small mattress. She will be living in it 24/7, and she will use the time to talk to people, post information, and host poverty education workshops. There are two shacks so that community leaders can give their time in three-hour blocks to help with the fundraising and also with raising awareness. Each shack dweller is asked to help raise $2000 while they stay with Lisa. Some of the shack dwellers will also sleep overnight. The guest shack sleeps 2-3 people.
Our goal for this year’s Sweet Homes for Alabama fundraising campaign is $77,000! These resources will allow us to make homes warmer, safer, and drier as we restore the sweet homes of Alabama. Just click the below button to donate. We’ll keep a running tally posted!
If you would like to make a donation but cannot at this time, please click here and make a pledge to make a donation at a later time (you can send gifts in as late as December 1, 2016).
Come Visit Lisa at the Shack!
Lisa will be hanging out at the shack in front of the Auburn Wesley Foundation (131 S. Gay Street) across from Tiger Rags beginning Wednesday, October 19th and will remain as late as Tuesday, October 25th. Whether rain, shine, heat, or cold, she’ll be there day and night talking about how we can work together to end poverty housing in rural Alabama.
Bring the Kids!
Feel free to bring your kids along when you visit Lisa at the shack. With a $5 donation, kids will receive a free paintbrush to use right away as they help beautify Lisa’s shack! This is a great opportunity for kids to learn and see what it means to serve!
The Guest Shack
Lisa won’t be alone! We have a second guest shack set up for our friends and supporters who want to help spread the word about our ministry by spending some time in a shack of their own. Local pastors, community leaders, and even some college students will be committing to three-hour blocks and staying overnight. Several of ARM’s board members, local ministry leaders, and community leaders will be there as well! Want to commit to some time in the guest shack? E-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Lunch Seminar Series
If you want to learn more about poverty and how you can serve others in our community, ARM has partnered with other organizations to offer lunch seminars throughout the week. These lunch seminars will take place on Wednesday, October 19th, Thursday, October 20th, and Monday, October 24th in Room 2109 of Auburn University’s Student Center. Come join us, and don’t forget to bring your lunch!
10/20: Our House
10/24: Alabama Rural Ministry