After development of Elevate Branson's tiny homes community started in earnest in August, the nonprofit has quickly secured $245,000 in pledges.
Nonprofit founder Bryan Stallings said seven donors, at $35,000 apiece, have committed funds for the 48-unit Elevate Community development that's underway on 5 acres just north of the nonprofit’s 310 Gretna Road campus in Branson. Elevate Branson is seeking $35,000 sponsorships to cover the cost of the 400-square-foot houses, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
Elevate Branson held a ceremony yesterday to recognize a $35,000 contribution from Springfield resident Kathy Krudwig. The sponsorship donation was made in honor of her late husband, George Krudwig, who served as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, according to a news release. Stallings noted Kathy Krudwig has previously volunteered with Elevate Branson.
"So many of our country's brave military men and women experience homelessness and other struggles, including PTSD and the risk of suicide, after they return from service overseas," Krudwig said in the release. "Community support plays an essential and invaluable role in helping homeless veterans reclaim their lives as contributing members of society.
"I am very grateful to Elevate Branson for this opportunity to honor George and help others who served our country as he did."
Elevate Community is designed for those who are on a fixed income living at or below the poverty line – some of whom live in extended stay motels. Elevate Branson officials say work and apprenticeship opportunities also would be available for residents.
Krudwig's donation joins the first $35,000 pledged from Arvest Bank that was announced last month. Stallings declined to name the five other donors, as presentations currently are being scheduled.
If all 48 homes were sponsored, it would equate to nearly $1.7 million. SBJ previously reported Elevate Branson also is seeking grant funding to cover some $2 million worth of infrastructure costs for the development, with some of the sponsorship funds going toward that purpose.
The project calls on two phases with 24 homes apiece. Phase I is expected to open next year, followed by Phase II in 2022, according to past reporting. Neosho-based Village Home Builders is manufacturing the homes.
A model 400-square-foot house is temporarily located in the parking lot of Elevate Branson's campus to promote Elevate Community.
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