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Local Organization Renovates Buses into Homes for Families in Need

According to the non-profit organization, Vehicles for Changes, 20,000 Oregon children are homeless. To help end homeless the organization converts retired school buses into tiny homes for families in need.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 6:44 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- From living in their car with their three children, David and Jennifer Flood have now made a home in this renovated school bus. It's complete with what you would find in any other home--a living room, two bedrooms and a kitchen.

"I don't know what we would have done if this hadn't happened,” David Flood said. “It just fit. It just fell into place."

The family of 5 has been living in there renovated bus since Thanksgiving thanks to Vehicles for Changes. It's an organization that wants to put an end to homelessness by helping struggling families into buses like the one the Floods call home. According to the non-profit, 20,000 Oregon children are homeless. The Floods were the very first family it's helped.

"It's like a container for the things a family should have, love, joy and hard work and happiness," David added.

Thursday, the Floods met two of the major donors, Lois Pettinger and Diane Erickson, that helped get them in there for the very first time.

"We couldn't have put our money to a better use,” said Pettinger. “The kids are wonderful. It’s a wonderful space. Whenever you invest in something new, whenever you're trying to figure out if something is just getting started, if it's going to work or not--this is the full meal deal. We're very happy."

Cody Armond puts in the physical hard work turning the ordinary yellow school buses into a home for a family in need. He’s working on two more buses for families.

Each bus costs roughly $25,000 and takes about three to four months to get ready.

"We need to take care of each other I think we are forgetting that,” said Armond. “It's good to give back and give people roofs over their head."

Pettinger and Erickson plan to help other families get buses in the upcoming months. The Floods currently leasing their bus but hope to be able to buy it soon.

Vehicles for Changes is currently working on two more buses to help two more struggling families. If you'd like to donate to help the organization reach that goal, head here.

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