The charitable organization We Got Your Six is looking to build a village for homeless veterans and have their headquarters in Plano. The village would be called Heroes Village. The group wants to build this village on about 50 acres. According to the Executive Director of We Got Your Six, “We will take the property and divide it into sections. One section will have solar powered tiny homes in it where the homeless veterans will live, this section will also have a trailer as a common room with television, computer lab, and other entertainment means. This section will also have a trailer that will be used for teaching classes as well as have offices for counselors to do their work there. We will also have a workshop, so people that have trade skills to share, can come and teach people their trade.
Another section will have our hydroponic gardens, where the homeless veterans will grow their own food, helping make the property self sufficient. We will also be growing hay and wheat which will be used as a cash crop, so that we can help fund the facility without having to always rely on grants and donations. This is also one of the ways that the homeless veterans earn their stay in the program, so that we know they are serious about being in the program. Another section will have a barn, stable, round pens, and other things for our horses and cattle that we will use on the property as another income sources. The homeless veterans will be taking care of all the maintenance around the property and will be taking care of the livestock and horses. We will also have apiaries, so that we can have our own source of honey and bees wax that we will be able to sell as yet another form of income.
All of these different parts of the program will be run by the homeless veterans with guidance and direction from the agricultural departments of the local colleges as well as locals that have agreed to help support We Got Your Six in our mission to help end veteran homelessness. In fact, once we secure the property, which we are looking for investors for, we have a company willing to help sponsor 5 of the tiny homes for our village.”
As a patriotic dog, I love this idea. The growth of homeless veterans is on the rise. This program sounds like a wonderful way to give homeless vets homes, skills, and jobs. It will also give our brave veterans something we all need, a purpose. With that purpose will come a sense of accomplishment.
In order to create Heroes Village, We Got Your Six needs land designed for agriculture. East Plano has over 700 acres of land next to Levon Farms and Collin College, off of Spring Creek and Jupiter. This area is known as Oak Point, and it would be a perfect place for Heroes Village. Since We Got Your Six wants to works with Colleges, the fact that this area is next to Collin College is a great bonus for them.
The development of Heroes Village would be wonderful for Plano, since it would bring jobs. Furthermore, the City Government gives out taxpayer money to large developers and corporations that don't need it; however, Heroes Village does need money and would bring new jobs and new residents to Plano. Personally, I would rather see tax dollars go towards helping build Heroes Village, of which will benefit the city, then a large corporation that doesn't need it. The City also doesn't just give away money, it gives away land too. For example, the City just gave land away to Radisson, so it can build an unneeded hotel on it; even though the corporation that own Radisson is worth 50 billion dollars. I would rather see land donated for a noble cause and for something that is needed. I can't think of something more noble and needed then a place to live for a homeless veteran.
If you would like to find out more about We Got Your Six or donate to the charity, go to www.wgy6.org. If you would like to see Heroes Village built at Oak Point please contact the members of City Council. You can email them at the following emails……
Rick Grady – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Harrison – email@example.com
Ron Kelly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Ricciardelli - email@example.com
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Smith – email@example.com
Angela Miner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayci Prince – email@example.com
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