Now doing business as Quixote Communities, Panza organizes local volunteers, raises funds, hires and supports staff, and acts as liaison with federal, tribal, state and local governments, foundations, and other community organizations. Quixote Communities a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
wHY TINY HOMES?
Living at one of the villages isn't like living in an apartment building or an ordinary neighborhood! Life centers around the community building, which holds a large kitchen, TV room, lounge area, two staff offices, and showers. As village residents meet and get to know one another, friendships are formed based on similar life experiences. Residents begin to trust and support each other through struggles and hardships and to share the joys and challenges of rebuilding their lives. With recovery comes a new focus on employment, additional education and resuming relationships with family and the larger community. Village residents are responsible for their own cottages and share the cleaning and light maintenance of the community building and grounds. Their Village Life Committee team plans events and schedules chore rotations. Now we are bringing this self-supporting community model to villages for veterans in Orting and Shelton.
SECURITY AND PRIVACY
Each resident at the village has their own separate tiny home, with their own porch and garden or lawn. They can lock their front doors, sleep in their own bed, and close their curtains. The Village provides residents with greater privacy than a shelter or apartment settings, as well as a new sense of security about their lives. When you visit the village, you see the residents' sense of ownership and pride expressed in the unique appearance and personality of each tiny home.
At Quixote Village our 144 sq. ft. homes produce a smaller foot print. We have a 700 sq. ft. organic garden that residents use for harvesting produce. Our houses are also economically efficient, costing less than half of what it costs to build your average apartment. At our new villages, individual cottages will be 176 square feet with their own individual showers. Each of the new villages is planning for six larger ADA units as well. We use long lasting efficient LED lighting as well as low-flow toilets to reduce our water consumption.
At Quixote Village our team of an Executive Director, Program Manager, and Case Manager/Resident Advocate works to support and guide our residents toward recovery. We strive to deliver a trauma-informed approach that meets each individual's needs as they pursue their goals, whether that be getting a driver license, obtaining benefits, reuniting with family members, getting health issues under control, or seeking employment or additional education.
We expect to be hiring at Orting for a Program Manager and Case Manager in late 2019.