A Food HUB with a Veterans and Students Village:
Come join us on an amazing journey of building tiny-homes and creating villages for those that need a hand up. The Montana Co-op and Kids Co-op are two non-profit organizations working together on the same missions and principles, serving the Native and non-native people on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Our missions include cooperation, encouraging others, protecting the environment, providing basic needs (food, shelter), and caring for one another.
This next Montana Co-op and Kids Co-op Food HUB location in Pablo, MT will include housing for veterans, students and other workers living on this 48 acres with everyone benefitting from home ownership (mobile tiny-home) and business ownership (in a worker owned co-op model). The Pablo HUB has many similarities to the Polson Montana Co-op Food HUB project that started with fixing up the building, then we created a community youth center, and tied in Food HUB services like farming education, local food production and marketing of that food to the community. Many of the same people that helped in fixing up the Polson building are still around to help with the Pablo property (Polson’s neighboring town). To see the Kids Co-op first "community driven" Food HUB project in Polson, click here for a video.
The first step of coming together on this Pablo Food HUB project is to raise financial support from many people that can see the benefit of this type of village model. By the end of this single location project, we want to have 60 homes that are built by the people living there with many recycled materials and shared labor. These funds we reaise will pay for supplies and equipment so our volunteers work can be accomplished faster and more efficient. We’re inviting you in to a cooperation of many people and organizations that believe we can make a difference in the world, staring in our own back yard with a project that has many implications of providing multiple motivation tracks including home and business ownership for those struggling to just get by.
The Montana Co-op Pablo Food HUB project has been in the planning phase for 5 years. The old mill site of 175 acres was subdivided into 5 lots. The Montana Co-op and Kids Co-op have a lease agreement with an option to purchase the property that includes two large commercial buildings (50’ x 180’ & 50’ x 40’). We will be using the 3 wells on the property to supply water to sinks and bathrooms.with housing, a 48 acre village of mobile mini-homes with special focus to serve veterans and students.
We envision an extended community with many associated villages in the NW region. he Kids Co-op is raising money to turn a former industrial mill site into a beautiful village with mobile mini-homes placed in a supportive cohousing village that will provide long lasting jobs in a cooperative business model, home ownership to everyone, healthy food, and fun exercise.
There are people out there that are living a hard life, alone. What's going to help them live a life worth living? Is living alone good? So many are living pay-check to pay-check with no savings for emergencies. We're promising home ownership and guiding veterans and students to have their home paid off in three years. This would then allow them to have more money to do meaningful things, and save for a rainy day. I have a retired veteran friend that only gets a Social Security check of $750 per month. After paying $550 for rent and utilities, he only has $200 left each month for living. Does this story sound familiar to you? Many of us know someone in this same situation as poverty is increasing. We can all help make a HUGE difference in lives when offering home and business ownership, health and wellbeing, and great company! Donate today and watch our progress.
During Phase One, starting now, we begin our production of tiny-homes for those that need it most, including veterans and students on the Flathead Reservation in Pablo, MT. The Kids Co-op is pooling together resources that help contribute to super-affordable homes. We are partnering with Premier Homes who will build the outer structure, allowing the buyer to choose the size, style, color, windows and doors (see picture below of a few recently built). Click here to start the process and design your home.
The Kids Co-op and the Montana Co-op professional mentors will be using recycled office furniture, flooring, and fixtures to finish out the inside of the homes. Thank you to our first major contributing partner, InstallNET International (www.installnet.com), who donated three trailer loads of surplus furniture to the Kids Co-op Pablo HUB site. This product will be installed inside the tiny-homes along with other recycled components (i.e. flooring, fixtures, appliances, etc.).
As the homes are being furnished, we will go into Phase Two of moving the completed homes into a 48 acre ecoVillage supportive community with a shared farm, gardens, kitchen, laundry, community center, shop, and a cooperative business of building homes and installing furniture. We’re excited to see how home ownership and business ownership (via a worker owned co-op) will motivate people that are struggling in life. Please support us in providing the helping hands that has potential to turn many lives around.
Phase Three will turn the little bear building into an activity and community center, for events, exercise, and shows. We expect to begin work on this in 2022. Phase Four will build an outdoor farm with chickens, goats and lambs, and an indoor aquaponics farm, estimated 2023.
The Kids Co-op is fund raising for our next HUB in Pablo, MT that will combine a Food HUB with tiny-homes in a supportive cohousing community. The beginning services will be a HUB where the community can meet and share meals while engaging in development discussions and healthy activities. The HUB is a multi-use facility providing activities to all, Native and non-native, and engaging our youth with motivating experiences and opportunities like: Making of a Warrior with Ken Camel (professional boxer), Aerial Arts with Raven Summer, Entrepreneurship (Kids Co-op businesses), Robotics (youth classes), Native Dance, Drumming & Singing, Film Making/Media Arts (SKC-Tech4Good Partner), Music (lessons and recordings), Art (murals), Gardens, Kitchen (classes/restaurant), & Markets (Farmers, Mobile Food Trailer), Tiny-Home Building.
The Kids Co-op is building community from the data of the Polson Heart & Soul (H&S) program that identified eight values of the people. The #1 item mentioned across all eight values was the need for a community center where youth have a safe place to go and get involved in meaningful activities. The Kids Co-op collaborated with the Montana Co-op and opening Polson’s NEW Community Center in the heart of downtown, known as the HUB. The Heart & Soul program is our documented research on what we need in our community, our game plan, and how we’re expanding our team to create positive changes. We achieve our shared goals and projects by cooperating and collaborating with each other. The Kids Co-op was later commissioned by Orton Family Foundation, the founding organization of the H&S program, to continue fulfilling Polson’s shared values by engaging community through collaboration – Together We Thrive! The Polson HUB was a place that promoted health for everyone with empowering forms of exercise and nutritious local food. To see more on the H&S Program, click here. The Kids Co-op works closely with Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart and Soul program that helps with a wide range of capacity building and skill development programs. It first discovers each community’s shared goals, visions, and needs; then allows the community to expand on multiple different levels which can include local food access, youth development, economic development, and the list goes on. This program allows the individuals of the community to communicate their story and participate in the most efficient way possible. Through this process, the program allows local leaders to shine and creates sustainable community based programs that allow a town to grow.
The leaders of this Pablo HUB project have a wide range of experience including project management, business administration, real estate management, logistics, nutrition, food science, and health. We are building... please help with $5 or more and share with your friends. Any donation will help make an impact. The Kids Co-op is a non-profit public charity (with 501c3 status for tax donation receipts).
Stay connected at www.MontanaCoop.com and watch our villages grow... THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES. To find out more details on this project, please email email@example.com or call 406-285-1149.