Based on the Israeli concept of Kibbutz, (gathering, clustering), each Ark will be originally designed as a self-sustaining commune. The difference between an Ark Community and a Kibbutz is that each Ark Community will mix a combination of agriculture and manufacturing depending on the make-up of its members and topography of the land. In addition, each Ark will provide ongoing mental health services for our veterans twenty-four hours a day. Each Ark will be strategically placed within thirty miles of a Veteran’s Hospital so that the veterans will still qualify for their medical benefits. As the Ark Community becomes self-sustaining, it will progress toward bringing products to market, whether that means selling excess crops or manufacturing goods to be distributed. The money raised will reinvested into the Ark Community and toward breaking ground on new Arks.
Why would you relocate a group of homeless veterans away from the cities and services that should sustain them? The answer is threefold:
The first reason is that it immediately addresses the endemic paranoia of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), which has spread to now include disenfranchised people in local communities.
Second, it removes them from the sphere of dangerous influences such as drugs and alcohol.
Third, it allows for a private healing experience in a secluded sanctuary.
Sherry’s Arks are designed to offer a rural paradise away from the city for marginalized groups. They create a community, in which every person is responsible for themselves and their work, serving as a piece of the puzzle towards creating something more than themselves. Removing these people from the city allows them a holistic new chance at life, with wholesome nutrition, continuing education, an escape from the violence in a claustrophobia of urban life, and a permanent shelter they can call their own.
In a communal environment where each individual has access to food, education and a chance to use their hands and create, these positive experiences foster positive change, radically improving the lives of individuals by offering what they’ve longed for most: a home
The first kibbutzim (the plural of Kibbutz) were settled by idealists in north Israel at the start of the 20th century. They shared a revolutionary idea of a voluntary, communal society in which people lived in accord with an egalitarian social contract and adherence to collectivism in property, education, culture, and social life. Today, there are more than 270 kibbutzim varying in size from eighty to over two thousand individuals scattered across Israel, with industries ranging from factories and electronics to farm machinery and military technology.
Each Ark’s creation occurs in waves, with each community hosting disenfranchised individuals with specific needs to best serve those needs. Sherry’s Ark seeks to aid homeless veterans, those living in gang communities, LGBTQ homeless, and other affected groups by creating communities that can take pride in the personal ownership of a home and worthy work. Veterans will be the first, and the success of each Ark will serve as a financial catalyst to create more and more Arks, until eventually these communities of hope and empowerment stand tall across the nation.
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