What We Do
The Tiny Home Objective, THO, is here to help as many young men and women veterans have a safe, welcoming and understanding environment to start their transition from warrior to successful productive citizens for the country they have served. THO will have use of a 100 acre ranch in eastern Elbert County, CO which will provide them with a safe and peaceful place to live, learn and build their own Tiny Home. Our veteran men and women will have a place to live for approximately six months in one of our Tiny Homes that has been built by the previous group of veterans.
Our veterans will be trained and overseen by our Tiny Home Objective staff which has building industry experience ranging from our president with over 40 years' experience to project managers with 3-4 years' experience along with time donated by licensed electricians and plumbers as needed. The veterans will work in groups of two or more along with our specially trained supervisors, some of which are also military veterans. The first three months will be spent with hands on experience and training building a Tiny Home on one of our 26 foot flatbed trailers that will serve as temporary housing for the next veterans to live in. Experience and confidence will be gained during this time as well as promoting a sense of usefulness and direction. This training and work regimen is designed to give the veterans a pathway for integrating back into society at a slower less traumatic way.
Once the Tiny Home for a future veteran is finished they will continue with their own Tiny Home. The veterans will work together and help each other as they build their own new homes. To give the veterans a vested interest in the Tiny Home Objective they will be required to purchase a specific flatbed trailer on which they will build their new home. THO will provide all of the building materials, appliances, etc. needed to build their Tiny Home through donations and grants. We are also making each Tiny Home more sustainable by installing composting toilets. The veteran will own this Tiny Home and take it with them to start their lives as homeowners. All of these homes will be certified and road worthy.
Veteran servicemen and women that show an aptitude for any one of the construction trades that they learned will also have the opportunity to apply for employment with one of our trade partners.
The Tiny Home Objective, THO, is here to help as many young men and women veterans have a safe, welcoming and understanding environment to start their transition from warrior to successful productive citizens for the country they have served.
Meet the Founders, Jerry & Becki
Jerry is the owner of Custom Integrated Designs, LLC (CID), a successful remodeling company based in the Denver Metro area with over 40 years in the business. Becki has played an integral role in CID, managing the details and accounting. Both have a deep love for people and helping them live more fulfilling lives, with a smaller impact on the planet. They have worked alongside and employed veterans for many years, and their stories are what inspired this project, which combines their 40+ years experience in the building sector and their passion for people.
Trade skills and a tiny home of their own.
This is the Tiny Home Objective
Board of Directors
Gerald is Owner and President of Custom Integrated Designs, a remodeling company. Over his forty plus years in the carpentry and remodeling business Gerald has trained many young men and women that have gone on to have successful careers in the building industry many of which now own their own business. He is currently President of The Sandpiper Houseboat Corporation. He is also President and Construction Operations Manager of The Tiny Home Objective. Gerald has been married for 31 years and has two children and one grandchild.
Becki’s working career has involved many different industries from Police Forensics to the Gaming Industry to Secretarial. Currently she is involved in the accounting business being Secretary/Bookkeeper for Custom Integrated Design, she is also Secretary/Treasurer of the Sandpiper Houseboat Corporation, and Cofounder/Director of the Tiny Home Objective. She is married to the love of her life, Jerry, and has two beautiful grown daughters and one amazing grandson.
Jim is an Air Force Veteran and has degrees in Business and Photography. He is the Owner and President of Direct Marketing Designs an advertising agency. He has served as President and Treasurer of Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Assoc., a 600 member trade organization. He was named Marketer of the Year and his agency was named Agency of the Year. Jim has served as President of the Arrival Center Hanger Assoc. and served as Treasurer of The Vintage Car Club. He has volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and the Castle Rock Senior Center. He has been married 47 years and has one son and two grandchildren.
Cindy has accounting experience with The Department of Defense, Valley Country Club, The Denver Sporting Club and Direct Marketing Designs. She has owned and operated two small businesses Yesterday's Treasures and Distinctive Shopping Services. She has been a volunteer at the Red Cross, Chaparral High School and The Vintage Car Club serving as secretary. She has been married 47 years has one son and two grandchildren.
Barbara is a retired Intervention Specialist for the inner city Phoenix Public High School District for over 27 years. She has two masters, one in counseling and another in leadership from the University of Northern Arizona. Barb is a licensed associate counselor, a licensed teacher, a licensed mediator, and a licensed principal in the state of Arizona. She has worked for the Maricopa county based mental health agency Terros as a Crisis Mobil Specialist and has been a principal of a school-within-a-school called Project Connect. She also has been an interventionist for Native Americans in Omaha, Nebraska. Barbara specializes in grief and loss, parenting skills and family dynamics, community referrals, immigration issues, crisis de-escalation, support groups facilitation, homelessness, threat assessment, and cultural diversity. She currently is involved in Positive Pathways with the goals of strengthening communication resulting in less stress and healthier relationships. Barbara believes it is our duty as American citizens to right the wrongs our Vetrans are enduring. She has 11 grandchildren.