Emergency Fund and Tents for Nomads
The unexpected happens to all of us. If you are experiencing an emergency situation and are actively living the nomadic lifestyle, we want to help you.
The tent program is for a nomad (vehicle dweller) who needs temporary or expanded shelter for emergency or medical needs.
Thank you for allowing us at Homes on Wheels Alliance the opportunity to help you in your time of need. Each of us have been in a position where we also needed help and we are very grateful there was someone there who cared enough to help—to pay it forward, we want to offer you that same assistance in your time of need. Sadly, asking for help has become a mark of shame in modern America, but we think that is a terrible mistake. We believe that willingly asking for help in a time of need, and joyfully giving, are the true hallmarks of what it means to be a true human being.
Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTRs)
The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTRs) provide classes to help people succeed in the nomadic lifestyle. Those who are experienced nomads, share their expertise, in-person and online. The RTR is a great way to make friends and see old friends from RTRs past.
The Caravans: In-Person & Virtual
Click here to learn about the In-Person Caravans. Caravans are smaller gatherings at boondocking locations. These are recreational camps, a time to make friends and build community. Go to a Caravan Camp location, then say hi to others who have also found the location. These could be your next best friends!
The Virtual Caravans are weekly Zoom discussions focused on nomadic topics and building community. In response to cancelling the In-Person Caravans due to COVID, the Virtual Caravans were created to continue community. Since the Virtual Caravans continue to fill a void for connection for those unable to attend the in-person events, HOWA continues to offer the Virtual Caravans. To sign up and attend a Virtual Caravan, go to http://meetup.com/Caravans.
We Care Gift Program
HOWA’s “We Care” program was initiated by an anonymous donor to distribute hundreds of holiday-time cash gifts to people-in-need living out of their vehicles. Times are hard right now. We want you to know that you are not alone, someone really does care about you.
HOWA is currently seeking local sponsors and partners to hold more We Care events, beyond the initial gift of an anonymous and other donors. If you, as an individual or group, would like to contribute, go to http://HOWA.rallyup.com.
Together we are changing lives.
Volunteering to Give Back
Every client is encouraged to give back to the level of their ability. This program develops opportunities where clients may serve others. We are building a tribe and the foundation of every tribe is generosity and gratitude as its highest value. To those that receive, developing an attitude of generosity is what happens repeatedly in Homes On Wheels Alliance.
Acquired either through generous donations or outright purchase (as money allows). Thank you to Linda May for gifting HOWA with her 5 acres in Douglas, AZ. Linda’s land has already hosted Caravans during the Spring Quarter 2019.
If interested in helping us find land, here are some requirements:
If land is to be used for large gatherings, also need:
Longer Term Goal:
If you have researched and found some land that could work for HOWA, please email us a HomesOnWheelsAlliance@gmail.com to let us know about it.
Programs in Development
Unfortunately, our society often fails to teach basic practical skills. This program utilizes vetted Volunteer Mentors to teach our Clients those skills, such as: budgeting, vehicle maintenance, sewing, construction skills, solar power and cellular/internet communications.
Some of our clients and those seeking help need a listening ear, even when their needs are beyond HOWA’s scope or resources. HOWA staff and volunteers take time to understand their situation and, as much as possible, facilitate useful connections within HOWA’s programs, with other organizations, social services, events, and opportunities.
HOWA: 1) acquires vehicles appropriate for people with lower incomes to reside (donations), and 2) make the necessary repairs and upgrades to prepare the vehicle to become a home.
HOWA is developing good communication practices with the community and interactive resources for our clients, volunteers, donors and the media. HOWA employees a Client Services Manager, uses a Volunteer Management system, and is implementing a Customer Relationship Management system.