Applications for Assistance
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 it, are the true hallmarks of what it means to be a true human being. Click to continue …
Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) and Women’s RTR (WRTR)
The RTR is a gathering in the desert southwest every winter. Since 2011 we have gathered in Quartzsite, AZ in January. In 2018, a Women’s RTR was started. The RTRs are where nomads come together for community, to make new friends and re-connect with old. In addition, we come together to help each other learn the skills to create our home on wheels, thrive as a nomad, and to honor the public lands where we camp. The RTRs have grown from a small gathering of 40, to an amazing happening of thousands of like-minded travelers. The 2020 event will be our 10th Anniversary!
The RTR and WRTR have grown too large for Quartzsite due to the many deep washes that cut across all large expanses of BLM land in the area. Within 200 miles of the RTRs’ past locations, we have found another place that is both large and flat enough. And, a Walmart is within a half-hour drive.
Please take a moment to let us know your opinion about holding the RTRs in this new location. Click on this link to answer a one-question survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTRCA
The Caravans provide a place to camp with other nomads year around. Participants typically find informal opportunities to learn and practice their new mobile-living skills, make friends, and have fun. The usual pattern for a Caravan Group is to camp on Public Land for 14 days, then move to camp at another place for 14 days, and so forth. HOWA staff publish the camp locations on Meetup where individuals RSVP prior to arrival to assure enough room for everyone. Camping is free and no amenities are provided. Please join us! Important note: The Caravans follow the Leave No Trace Principles. Click here for our Q & A’s about the Caravans.
Acquired either through generous donations or outright purchase (as money allows), land throughout the country will be used to host both gatherings and training centers for new Nomads. 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. In the long run, we intend to make some land suitable for primitive long-term camping with simple upgrades like Dump Stations and Bath Houses.
Unfortunately, our society often fails to teach basic practical skills. This program will find experts and set up classes to teach our clients those skills, such as: budgeting, vehicle maintenance, sewing, construction skills, solar power and cellular/internet communications.
Social Services Referrals
Some of our clients will need to take full advantage of all social network opportunities available to them, for that we’ll connect them to appropriate Social Service Agencies and other nonprofit organizations for assistance.
We plan to 1) acquire vehicles for people to live, (donations and purchases) 2) make necessary repairs and upgrades to prepare the vehicle to live in 3) develop a network of mechanics across the country to maintain the vehicle once they are donated to our client base.
Job Leads and Training Program
For our clients able and needing to work, we’ll provide job training and leads on opportunities.
Because of the scope of our objectives, we’ll need to develop good communication practices and resources with our clients, volunteers, donors and the media.
Every client we help will be encouraged to give back to the level of their ability. This program will develop a list of opportunities that every person involved in the program can participate in to serve others in love. We are building a tribe and the foundation of every tribe is generosity and gratitude as its highest value. To those that receive, development of an attitude of generosity and giving back is a requirement for participation in Homes On Wheels Alliance.