Some wandered in the wilderness, lost, and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them to a city where they could live. PSALM 107:4-7
12-years ago, Brad Johnson, founder of Eden Village of Tulsa, slept outside, struggled for food and water, battled the elements, and felt the weight of loneliness, all while carrying his belongings on his back. “But that was by choice”, says Brad. “I had fun and knew that I had a supportive family and a home to go back to.” Brad tells this story on his 12-year anniversary of his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, something he did to test his limits and to better understand struggle, even in a superficial capacity.
For thousands here in Tulsa, the homeless community no longer has a choice, as circumstances have outweighed their options.
Upon acceptance of application, a chronically homeless individual will move into their own tiny home within a community of their peers within a gated community, supported by on-site support services including, but not limited to, a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, psychiatric case managers, life skills coach, Christian counselors, qualified mental health providers and a community center where the residents can both work and interact with other residents, guests and volunteers. It is up to that individual to become an active member of the community, provide rent and be a good, law abiding, neighbor. Residents are welcome to live in an Eden Village as long as they are a benefit to themselves and the community.
We will have support of professionals and volunteers in the medical, mental, physical, social, and spiritual areas to come into our community working and serving our residents. We hope to have job and business skills learned through our Business Incubator onsite.
After much exploration into the Eden Village model and watching different cities adopt and develop their own Eden Village communities my wife and I have decided to start Eden village of Tulsa. We are currently seeking partners in the Tulsa community who are ready to get to work to help our own.
After volunteering, exploring, and learning more about Tulsa’s homeless situation, we quickly realized we do not want to simply provide ‘adequate housing’ for the chronically disabled homeless. We want to create and nurture a sense of community; not only for those who live at Eden Village, but have a welcoming attitude city wide that the whole community can grow and be involved in. Learn more about the Eden Village concept and see what’s happening in other cities here.