Zach Giffin: Veterans’ Tiny House Village Right on Time

It’s fitting that Zach Giffin from Tiny House Nation is in Racine, WI, Sept. 21 thru Sept. 24 to help build the 15th, and final, tiny house for the James A. Peterson Veterans village since he was in town a year ago to build the first.

“It is a fantastic privilege to have been a part of assisting the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin build the (tiny home) village,” he wrote on Facebook before boarding a plane for Wisconsin. “We built one of the first homes for the village, and now, just a year later we will be constructing the final home before it opens its doors later this fall.”

Giffin is a professional skier and contractor who lives the life he builds for others on his show. According to the Tiny House Nation website, Giffin has pulled his own tiny home around the country multiple times in order to hit the slopes wherever he finds powder.

He believes in the VOW tiny home project – and others like it across the country – because vulnerable veterans will get the support they need to move successfully into stability.

“It’s one thing to give someone a home, but having a community of support is what is going to make them successful,” Giffin stated.

Through the work of the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, currently homeless local veterans will soon have a warm place to stay in the tiny home village under construction on the north side of town. The 15 homes will not have plumbing, so residents will make and eat hot meals, take showers and utilize bathroom facilities in an adjacent community building.

Additionally, residents will receive help in the form of employment assistance, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services and more. The community building was designed to include space for group therapy as well as more private consultations.

“We want to be as full service as we can be,” VOW Executive Director Jeff Gustin said. “The goal is help residents get on their feet so they’re as self-sufficient as possible.”

eFaucets and several of our vendor partners are pulling together to help homeless veterans in Racine, Wisconsin, get back on their feet.

Thanks to Kraus USA, the commercial kitchen has a big sink and professional-grade faucet that are already in use.

“We love that sink and faucet,” Gustin chuckled. “We can’t thank Kraus and (eFaucets) enough for taking care of that check box on our list.”

There are six bathrooms in the community building; two with toilets and sinks, and four are shower rooms that include faucets and fixtures from DECOLAV, Delta Faucet, and Kohler.

“We didn’t have the money to buy all this,” Gustin said, gesturing to the bathrooms. “This kind of help put us ahead by a lot.”

Each tiny house consists of a bed, seating area, refrigerator, microwave and, of course, heat and air conditioning. Homes are arranged in five groups of three, and the entire property is connected by a sidewalk and landscaped with grass, a variety of trees, and a raised garden bursting with vegetables after a summer of almost ideal growing conditions.

Because most of the labor and materials for the tiny home village and community building are donated, the road to completion has been marked with fits and starts. Gustin had hoped to welcome his first residents this summer when five homes were ready for occupancy, but the opening has been pushed back to later this fall.