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Hope Floats for Veterans

Hope Floats for Veterans

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HOPE FLOATS FOR VETERANS, INC. is a Non-Profit Corporation located HQ in Clio, Genesee County, State of Michigan. Our Employer ID number: 86-1713184; our DLN 26053442003411; our ID number 31954 effective January 21, 2021. Our public charity status 170 (b)(1)(A)(vi).

Hope Floats for Veterans, Inc.'s mission is to educate, assist and inspire Homeless Hero's regeneration by aligning with other Veterans to create a thriving community of support by using what we have and having what we use. We are pulling everyone's individual talents together to help others. We all have something we can contribute, come be a part of a team that is making a difference!

Mission Statement: "We Provide Food, Housing, and a Brighter Future for Veterans Who Courageously Served!"

PURPOSE: To inspire, guide, create educational content that teaches regenerative practices, restoring and transforming homeless veterans by building floating tiny homes and growing nutritious food to create a compelling abundant future which is "FREE": (Financially Resilient, Ecologically, Empowered). Offering a hands-up so they can help themselves.  Doing more with less by creating a circular, sustainable, regenerative earth care economy.  

Making the News!  Hope Float begins October 2021

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VETERAN HEROES: Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and now it’s our duty to make certain they have a home to call their own,” said Secretary Carson. “We’ve made great progress in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure our heroes have access to affordable housing. This year’s estimate finds 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019...

HUD estimates among the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019; 22,740 veterans were found in sheltered settings while volunteers counted 14,345 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation." Homelessness is a factor leading up to suicide.

SUICIDES:  "The Veterans Administration admitted that as many as 20 American veterans commit suicide every single day (March 2020). Among the services in 2019, the suicide rates per 100,000 troops were 29.8 for the Army, 25.3 for the Marine Corps, 25.1 for the Air Force, and 21.5 for the Navy. The Air Force had the largest percentage increase, 35%, compared with 2018." (2019) This is a national disgrace.

MANTRA: Together we can do this! Housing the homeless and feeding the hungry! "Hope Floats for Veterans, Inc." (HFV) Is a 501 C 3 is a Delaware Non-Profit corporation that has an education and research center a 62-acre parcel with an organic permaculture food forest.  HFV builds floating tiny homes for the homeless on a 10-acre lake. Greenhouses, alternative energy innovation, pastured livestock, fish, forest crops, lumber, aquaponics, and diverse vegetable and flower production, soil remediation will help meet the homeless needs. HFV will be a demonstration site for organic farming providing free video content and year-round workshops. The food produced at the farm will be used by Veterans living on-site and any excess will be donated to under-served individuals, families, and to food banks. By using the convergence of exponential technologies in designing and building affordable, off-grid, floating homes for homeless veterans we work to regenerate our planet. We serve individuals and families in the poorest communities by having an open-sourced educational platform that will show how to build floating homes and live in accord with biomimicry principles creating a nature preserve and sanctuary. We will make the world a little better every day in every way by "Saving our Soils" in a carbon-negative eco-village! Our model addresses the UN's 17 global initiatives of "Sustainable Development Goals".

Permaculture Ethics to Address Tipping Points:

Care of the People and the Earth

Fair Share: Contribution of surplus time, money, and energy back to achieve the above.

Principles of Biomimicry as Compassion in Action in accord with Nature: We cultivate Collective Intelligence by:

  • Facilitating self-organized networks.
  • Aggregating scattered scraps into something greater.
  • Cultivating diversity and independence.
  • Communicating through open, two-way, always-on conversations.
  • Triggering tipping-point decisions with simple rules and feedback loops.

We rely on Distributed Leadership by:

  • Aligning action around a compelling shared purpose.
  • Zipping specialized modular teams together as needed.
  • Distributing leadership to integrate local information with a global vision.

We nurture Swarm Creativity by:

  • Launching many parallel, low-investment experiments.
  • Tuning social networks to spread innovation.

We depend on Reciprocity and Sharing by:

  • Sharing the work and the wealth, and protecting collective value from "predators and parasites".

We compound Restorative Value by:

  • Building with infinite stuff and regenerating it for compounding wealth.

HFV is conceived to be 100% autonomous on energy by harnessing solar, wind, and hydropower; 100% autonomous on food production food forest, using permaculture and aquaculture principles; 100% autonomous on water management by rainwater harvesting and purification; and 100% autonomous on waste management and virtuous recycling. We believe that if each day, we commit to do our best, support, and give back to our community by working together with respect, we will create a community that reflects compassion in action. Expectations: Create an affordable Exponential, Self Sustaining, Restorative Model to address the needs of our local veterans.  Our efforts will assist the challenges our veterans face such as mentally illness, drug and alcohol addiction by providing support from veterans to our veterans while having sustainable and restorative sources of healthy food using organic gardening and aquaponics. "Being the "Massive Small Change" that we want to see in the world."  We will increase the quality of life by working on the social needs of our veteran heroes and hunger, and promote self-sufficiency. A hand-up, not a handout!

We are creating exponential eco-systems that will be 10x better and 10x cheaper. We think differently by thinking big, but act by starting small! We act locally but think globally by beginning with an end in mind. Our sustainable and restorative approach to housing and food production with a relentless pursuit for improvement to our "Proof of Concept" is ongoing.  We want to be an ever-improving open-sourced shared model with ongoing inputs from our community! We help people by helping them help themselves; Do the right thing in the right way; Fundamentally help to pay back to our community! Wikipedia: The tiny house movement (also known as the "small house movement"[1]) is a description of the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. ...Business Model: A "Co-Operative":Wikipedia: A co-op is defined as "a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers." Co-operatives frequently have social goals which they aim to accomplish by investing a proportion of trading profits back into their "sharing and caring" communities. Start Small but Think Big:  "No Margin = No Mission!"Each Profit Center will be a separate Cooperative in a separate cell/unit in the Series LLC. The initial goals are:

  • Floating Tiny Homes: To build 10 FTHs for Veterans and 10 FTHs to be rented out on Airbnb. These will be made out of EPIC and have 200'.
  • Bees: To build 1000 hives to be managed by Veterans trained by "Heroes to Hives" to pollinate the permaculture food forest.
  • Flowers: To grow 1000 potted flowers and sell them at farmer's markets for Mother's Day.
  • Mushrooms: To grow and market Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms utilizing small log waste.
  • Food Forest: To create a food forest that is 8x more productive than monoculture.
  • Kenaf: To have acreage of kenaf which will produce fiber that is 20x stronger than wood for FTHs.
  • Lumber: To have a sawmill (Norwood 36 HD) which will create sawdust for the compost toilets, slab for making biochar, lumber for sale, and value-added products. A wood chipper will contribute bio-mass for making biochar and mulching gardens. Value-added products will add to revenue streams and create additional jobs.
  • Biochar: To produce inoculated biochar which will be sold and used in the greenhouses and the integrated food forest. This involves making compost, compost tea, algae, and biochar production at scale in a virtuous closed-loop restorative cycle.
  • Compost. To remediate the soil as an ongoing additive and use for potting soil for flowers.
  • Compost Worm Farming: To produce worm castings for use in the gardens and for sale.
  • Lucia Stove aka World Stove: To manufacture and sell:  Lucia/World stoves and ovens to use for heating and cooking in the FTHs partially made out of "EPIC" (Expanded Polystyrene Infused Cement).
  • Fish, Chickens, Cattle, Goats, and Sheep: To implement regenerative practices that will rebuild the soil.
  • Bed and Breakfast: Long term goal to have an ongoing stream of students/visitors to the learning center with a place to stay.

Legal: The legal structure will be a Delaware Non-Profit Corporation "Hope Floats For Veterans, Inc." that will oversee and assist a Delaware Series LLC, to be called "Veterans Dare to Care, LLC". Biomimicry principle: "Shun the Parasites and Predators".  Each profit center and each FTH would be in a separate cell/unit. This protects the rest of the entities in the event of a liability exposure. The co-op would lose only a cell/unit but not the whole. All equipment will be leased to each separate co-op. There is only one formation cost for the Non-Profit Corporation and the Series LLC.

Accounting: CPAs supervise college students do bookkeeping to lower costs.Marketing: Social media.

Online Platform: Crowd Funded and Crowd Sourced. One can watch our progress:  Hope Floats for (insert link).

Code of Conduct:

  • Don't do anything that hurts you, your co-op, or other community members.
  • No one can initiate force against anyone else against their will except in self-defense.
  • Everyone will be self-governed.

What we need to know to heal ourselves and the planet!

  1. Treat the earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
  2. Remain close to the Our Maker.
  3. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
  4. Work together for the betterment of all humankind.
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
  6. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  7. Do what you know to be right.
  8. Look after the well-being of the mind and body.
  9. Take full responsibility for your actions.
  10. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.