ANABEL, Mo. | Crews worked hard on a special project in the small town of Anabel throughout the week, taking the necessary steps to install the roof and windows for a home built with the goal of fighting homelessness and spreading the word of God.
Curtis White, and his wife, Hany, founded Tiny Homes Ministries three years ago, partnering with churches and Christian organizations like Columbia-based Love in the name of Christ to build tiny homes and connect with people dealing with homelessness, domestic violence and other situations. Since they started their ministry, the husband and wife team has worked with volunteer teams and churches in communities like Clarence and Anabel, and they are ready to bring their ministry to any community in need.
The Whites partnered with Clarence Christian Church to build a tiny home for an individual who had aged out of foster care and was forced to leave her dorm in the Columbia area due to the spread of the coronavirus.
“She had been temporarily without a home, and now she's come to Clarence to make this her home,” White said, noting there are many ways to help community members by building the homes. “It's a tool to use for ministry, and we're just trying to provide that tool.”
When he's not building and laying out tiny homes, White works full-time in construction and remodeling, and he employs his talents to help build custom tiny homes based on specific needs. Curtis and Hany take weekends or a few days off from work to pursue a new project. The family made the decision early on to “walk the walk,” getting rid of about 80 percent of their belongings and moving from Ohio to Anabel, located in Macon County, just west of the Shelby County line along U.S. 36.
As the ministry continues to grow, White said he welcomed any churches or religious organizations who are prepared to construct a tiny home. The cost of materials is typically between $6,500 and $7,000, and the homes are built at cost.
White was working alongside volunteers from Salina, Kansas on the ministry's fourth tiny home so far,installing windows and beginning to install the roof on Friday before the volunteers departed. He said each time a home is completed, it provides a safe place to live and a way for local churches and religious organizations to actively support an individual or family in need.
“God's been doing things through it, for sure,” White said. “We're excited to be a part of it. We're excited and humbled to have this group here from Kansas this week. They actually purchased all of the materials for the house and they also took a week off to come work with us, so it's kind of a short-term mission trip for them and it also boosts us in our ministry.”
More information about the Tiny House Ministry and what different types of homes could be part of a new ministry in the community, is available on their Facebook page by searching Tiny Homes Ministries, go to their website at www.tinyhouseministries.org or call 660-346-9335.