DEWITT — Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) peer ministers in social justice teamed up with Andrew Lunetta, executive director of Tiny Homes For Good, for a Lenten drive. A Tiny Home for Good builds and manages affordable, safe and dignified homes for individuals who have faced chronic homelessness. A Tiny Home for Good project will construct and maintain tiny one-bedroom homes measuring between 150 and 200 square feet and are equipped with all the amenities of a regular house. Under the plan, three homes would be built on a vacant city lot.
“In January, 782 individuals were homeless and lived either on the street or in a shelter,” Lunetta said in a presentation to the student body and staff. “Please help us spread the word. We will take monetary donations, furniture. Our goal is to help the homeless in this community.”
Monies and donations, such as furniture, raised through the Lenten drive will be donated to Tiny Homes for Good. It costs approximately $15,000 to build a home.
Father Dennis Hayes, pastor of Corpus Christi in South Onondaga and St. Patrick’s in Otisco, was the celebrant at a special Mass on Feb. 23 at CBA to celebrate the start of the drive. Father Hayes announced he was helping kick off the drive by donating $1,000 ($500 from each parish) to the Tiny Homes for Good project.
“I hope you can help Andrew out and help others be safe,” Father Hayes added to the students gathered for Mass. “Just remember this, if you give it, you will get it back 10 times more.”
Above, Andrew Lunetta (third from left) stands with peer ministers in social justice Tom Benz, Bridget Frontale, Maddy George and Amelia Genecco.