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The YouthBuild Tiny House

The YouthBuild Tiny House

The 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival is just three months away and we’re excited to announce our first tiny house!

This house was built by students of YouthBuild Springfield and YouthBuild Fall River as the result of a grant awarded to the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition for 9/11 Remembrance.  With the grants financial support, YouthBuild students constructed two tiny homes that would be made available to homeless veterans and/or families.  

YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth development program for young people aged 16-24 who are out of school and out of work.  The program allows them to earn a high school diploma or equivalency and learn skills that leads to employment or post secondary education.

The tiny house project was two-fold: combining the service project with an academic component that, working together, was a powerful part of the student’s overall education.

Service – In researching this project, the students learned that there still remains a large number of veterans who have returned from their service who are homeless. They determined that a fitting way to help solve this problem would be the construction of Tiny Homes. They worked with veterans groups to locate these homes where the veterans would also be able to receive needed wraparound services. They are especially grateful to the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company for providing a substantial discount on the trailers that will make the YouthBuildTiny Homes mobile so they can be placed in areas of the greatest need.

Education – Each of the 11 YouthBuild programs in Massachusetts instituted a year long 9/11 curriculum that was project-based to educate their students about all aspects of the 9/11 attacks and the ramifications of the aftermath. Among other teaching tools that they utilized were materials from the 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City. They also invited veterans and survivors of the attacks as well as families of victims to meet with students to tell their stories.

HIGHLIGHTED DETAIL

Inside there is a combination table and couch complete with storage. This was built from reclaimed pallets and turned into a space-saving convertible piece of furniture.


Check back soon for more photos or come see the YouthBuild Tiny House for yourself on September 23 & 24, 2017 in Stoughton, MA during the 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival!


Jaclyn’s Tea Party

Jaclyn’s Tea Party

When I was first trying to come up with a name for this creative community of ours, the Hearth was the easy part. A Hearth isn’t actually the fire, it’s the bedrock underneath the fire, the place where fire happens. It’s the center of the home, of community, of warmth. But the symbol of aContinue Reading

What kind of music can you waltz to?

What kind of music can you waltz to?

When I mention the Hearth’s monthly Waltzday event to people who’ve never waltzed before, they tend to imagine one of three options: 1.) Ballerinas in the Nutcracker: 2.) Dreamy princesses like Cinderella: 3.) Or the old school flirting of movies like Anna Karenina: While all of these are true, they’re a small cross section ofContinue Reading

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

written by Hearth Ember, Amy Beth Harrison Ove does not make a great first impression. He is someone who seems to care more about where the recycling goes than how someone is doing. He takes grumpiness to new heights and is seemingly without ability for spontaneity or compassion. However, as I got deeper into theContinue Reading

Call for Knitting

Call for Knitting

-written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling In 2011, I was painting an eight foot by eight foot unstretched canvas, also known as a sheet of fabric staple gunned to the wall. As I stood mere inches from the painting, outlining a series of circles, I found myself distracted by the weave of the canvas itself.Continue Reading

The Annual Existential Crisis

We’re three days away from the second largest Hearth Event of the year: cue my annual existential crisis. Last week, amidst slower than hoped ticket sales, expensive car maintenance, a family visit, and (as an atheist) my first adult attendance to Easter services, it was to be expected. Thursday night, as I drew into the finalContinue Reading

WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

“Essentially what I do is take electricity and turn it into light using glass as the medium,” explained Wayne Strattman at the beginning of his talk on April 16, 2016. Wayne was one of 10 multidisciplinary makers who presented the first WhatIMake event hosted by Miranda’s Hearth at Artisan’s Asylum and Aeronaut Brewery. Wayne received aContinue Reading

Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

written by Hearth Board Member, Nina Earley “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke 90 pages, very quick read 4-6 hours total I gave this book to my brother as a gift when I first moved away from home; I think he must have been 15 or 16. I’d like to think itContinue Reading

Creative Exploration and Authentic Relationships

Creative Exploration and Authentic Relationships

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling Last month, the fifteen Hearth Embers met for our annual meeting to discuss why we do what we do. Out of all the organizations we can be a part of and all of the events that we can go to, what is it that continually draws us to theContinue Reading

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

On April 16, 2016, Emily Garfield kicked off the first annual WhatIMake event with a talk on Imaginary Maps. Emily, a local artist from Somerville who also serves on the board of Artisan’s Asylum, maps places that she makes up as she draws.  “People have described them as something like my brain drawing itself,” sheContinue Reading

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