Emergency Fund and Loaner Tents for Nomads
The unexpected happens to all of us. If you need a temporary tent shelter and are in the Quartzsite area, we want to help you. Or, if you are experiencing an emergency situation and are a nomad, we want to help you. Click here.
Applications are currently closed for a Minivan Home On Wheels
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 Questions & Answers about the Caravans.
NOTICE: To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA) has canceled the April, May, and June 2020 Caravans. If possible, we will resume with one Caravan in the Pacific Northwest in July. Check status in Meetup.
While we social distance, HOWA added Virtual Caravans — Campfires, Coffees, Connections, and Classes — as a way for nomads to have community. Use Meetup to RSVP to these Zoom events.
For the latest information about HOWA’s response to COVID-19, go to http://HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org/COVID-19.
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.
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.
Completed Projects and Future Programs
Update on eBike and Solar Kit Grants, May 2020
After the April Build Out was canceled due to COVID-19, HOWA found other ways to help the community that didn’t require bringing large groups of volunteers together. HOWA announced applications for ebikes and 12v power systems in early April.
Sal and Harely both received an eBike based on their need for alternative transportation. Thank you Lectric eBikes for your generous donations and for the help you provided to these nomads.
Vivian and Diane were the recipients of two complete solar panel kits. As nomads, each lacked the power they needed. Thank you to the friends and family who helped Vivian and Diane install their solar power systems. And thank you so much to Santan Solar for their 245W panels, and Renogy for providing such a great discount for HOWA to purchase the charge controllers and other components to complete their kits. Finally, thank you to the private anonymous donor for their contribution of the four almost-new 6V batteries (2 each) for their power storage.
Last, due to a gift from an anonymous donor of a used Kodiak solar generator with a 100W panel, Sara received that system in order to have sufficient power to be a nomad with her SUV and trailer.
Update on Build Out Projects and Solar Panel Awards
The Build Out in October 2019 was a Huge Success with Four Homes on Wheels Turned over to Deserving Recipients
Lesa was the recipient of a minivan.
Tim was the recipient of the school bus. Tim is a big- hearted master-mechanic-volunteer for HOWA who will continue to help the mobile community from Hannah.
Mother and son, Danyel and Jaymes, were the recipients of the cargo trailer.
Married couple, Frank and Julie, were the recipients of the TAB trailer.
Forty solar kits including a 245W panel, charge controller, wiring, mounting hardware, fuses, connectors, etc. were awarded in Nov, 2019.
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.