Our ARTO Program integrates existing social programs but within a plan that moves the participants in planned stages away from each program. Using the current social programs and integration into the Tiny Town community, we expect participants that want to change, will be successful. We also see the opportunity for participants that fear to move away from social support, will do so without realizing that they are.
The ARTO Program will allow participants to transition into owning their own homes through rent to own and volunteer hours. Many opportunities will exist in each Tiny Town for citizens to be employed, both full and part-time, so some Program participants will have an opportunity to earn an income within the town as well. The program participant can decide to provide more or fewer hours. The length of time to ownership is a function of volunteer participation hours.
The ultimate goal is to help all participants become independent.
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I have been reluctant to post updates because many projects are still in the works, but I wanted to keep everyone aware that progress is being made, on a number of fronts:
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More exciting news to come, but that's all for now. #JOY