How Eden Village of Wilmington Came to Be

How we started and where we intend to go.

Eden Village of Wilmington is still in our construction and planning phase, but it’s taken a lot of hard work and dedicated people to get us where we’re today, building an infrastructure for Wilmington, NC to be a city where no one sleeps outside.

The Eden Village Story

See where the first Eden Village began.
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The Eden Village Story

See where the first Eden Village began.
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Eden Village - Wilmington, NC Timeline

Model Home Arrives

After a long City permitting process, Dan Southerland of Thomas Construction led a group to build the brick and cinder block foundation and a crane delicately lifted the first home into position. This home will serve as a model for fundraising throughout the construction process. The Christian men’s group F3 worked to clear the land and provided the funding for the first home at Eden Village of Wilmington.
January, 2021
November, 2020

Model Home Constructed

Keith Miller, owner of Future Homes, a modular home builder in Wilmington, led a series of design meetings to finalize plans for the 400-square foot homes. The Joe Manis Family and Crestline Homes in Laurinburg, NC joined the team by offering discounted construction pricing in their modular factory. Construction of each completely furnished home takes about one month.

Construction Team Plans Are Finalized

A volunteer group of construction experts led by Thomas Construction’s Chris Reid convened to develop a construction budget and timeline. Jeff Petroff and the engineering team at Coastal Land Design took the lead to move the development through the City of Wilmington’s technical review committee and subdivision review board. Hundreds of pro bono hours of planning were required before settling in on an approved gated courtyard design for 32-tiny homes and a community building.
September, 2020
July, 2020

Defunct Recreational Buildings Are Demolished

Wes Corder of Thomson, Corder and Company Construction brought in heavy machinery to remove two uninhabitable recreational buildings on the Eden Village property. This pro bono effort included New Hanover County allowing the dumping of debris free of charge.

The Property Is Purchased

Developer Matt Scharf with Real Properties LLC connected with the Eden Village Team offering 4.2 acres of land adjacent to the Salvation Army future development at a deeply discounted price. With funding from First Citizens Bank, the land transaction was completed by the Eden Village pro bono legal team at Jeffrey Porter’s office. All surveyor requirements were provided free of charge by Michael Underwood and Associates.
May, 2020
April, 2020

Over $500,000 Is Raised

Following a Facebook post, a large local donor pledged to match the first 16 home sponsorships promising $640,000 to the organization. This immediate cash infusion accelerated the process of development dramatically.

501(c)(3) Status Is Obtained

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic ramping up, the non-profit qualifications were met in just 6 weeks to become a registered 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
March, 2020
February, 2020

Eden Village of Wilmington is Incorporated

A consulting agreement with The Gathering Tree and Eden Village of Springfield Missouri was reached and under the pro bono guidance of attorney Dickson McLean, the initial papers were filed to model the Springfield entity and incorporate Eden Village of Wilmington.

Initial Gathering Considers Tiny Homes in Wilmington

A group of about 30 homeless advocates and interested medical personnel convened to discuss the possibility of building Hope Village, a tiny home community for the homeless and patients of the local hospital. The group from Eden Village in Springfield, Missouri traveled to Wilmington and presented their model which includes a fixed monthly lease for the disabled and chronically homeless. Dr Dalton shared data from the local hospital noting the homeless that are frequent patients without medical problems. One patient was admitted to the hospital a staggering 246 times in a 36-month period. The concept of Housing as Health Care was discussed.
January, 2020
January, 2021

Model Home Arrives

After a long City permitting process, Dan Southerland of Thomas Construction led a group to build the brick and cinder block foundation and a crane delicately lifted the first home into position. This home will serve as a model for fundraising throughout the construction process. The Christian men’s group F3 worked to clear the land and provided the funding for the first home at Eden Village of Wilmington.
November, 2020

Model Home Constructed

Keith Miller, owner of Future Homes, a modular home builder in Wilmington, led a series of design meetings to finalize plans for the 400-square foot homes. The Joe Manis Family and Crestline Homes in Laurinburg, NC joined the team by offering discounted construction pricing in their modular factory. Construction of each completely furnished home takes about one month.
September, 2020

Construction Team Plans Are Finalized

A volunteer group of construction experts led by Thomas Construction’s Chris Reid convened to develop a construction budget and timeline. Jeff Petroff and the engineering team at Coastal Land Design took the lead to move the development through the City of Wilmington’s technical review committee and subdivision review board. Hundreds of pro bono hours of planning were required before settling in on an approved gated courtyard design for 32-tiny homes and a community building.
July, 2020

Defunct Recreational Buildings Are Demolished

Wes Corder of Thomson, Corder and Company Construction brought in heavy machinery to remove two uninhabitable recreational buildings on the Eden Village property. This pro bono effort included New Hanover County allowing the dumping of debris free of charge.
May, 2020

The Property Is Purchased

Developer Matt Scharf with Real Properties LLC connected with the Eden Village Team offering 4.2 acres of land adjacent to the Salvation Army future development at a deeply discounted price. With funding from First Citizens Bank, the land transaction was completed by the Eden Village pro bono legal team at Jeffrey Porter’s office. All surveyor requirements were provided free of charge by Michael Underwood and Associates.
April, 2020

Over $500,000 Is Raised

Following a Facebook post, a large local donor pledged to match the first 16 home sponsorships promising $640,000 to the organization. This immediate cash infusion accelerated the process of development dramatically.
March, 2020

501(c)(3) Status Is Obtained

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic ramping up, the non-profit qualifications were met in just 6 weeks to become a registered 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
February, 2020

Eden Village of Wilmington is Incorporated

A consulting agreement with The Gathering Tree and Eden Village of Springfield Missouri was reached and under the pro bono guidance of attorney Dickson McLean, the initial papers were filed to model the Springfield entity and incorporate Eden Village of Wilmington.
January, 2020

Initial Gathering Considers Tiny Homes in Wilmington

A group of about 30 homeless advocates and interested medical personnel convened to discuss the possibility of building Hope Village, a tiny home community for the homeless and patients of the local hospital. The group from Eden Village in Springfield, Missouri traveled to Wilmington and presented their model which includes a fixed monthly lease for the disabled and chronically homeless. Dr Dalton shared data from the local hospital noting the homeless that are frequent patients without medical problems. One patient was admitted to the hospital a staggering 246 times in a 36-month period. The concept of Housing as Health Care was discussed.

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