Providing a restorative environment, indoors and outdoors for the environmentally sensitive individual and their care givers.
Who We Serve:
canaries, individuals suffering from acute sensitivity to environmental factors.
Humanity First, Ecology Second:
the use of building products having minimal impact on the health and life of our canaries, which, to the extent possible, are also ecologically sound.
Care and Health:
providing living environments conducive to the restoration of body and soul.
providing a retreat for those suffering from the impact of modern day building practices with environments free of volatile organic compounds and other harmful substances.
understanding the extent and minutia of reactivity in the environmentally sensitive individual.
informing the public of the impact and solutions needed by canaries.
Habitat for Canaries (HFC) vision is to design, build and operate a facility for the acute environmentally sensitive individual. Though there are many variations of this disease suffered by as much as 16% of the US population, or 48 million Americans, there are two broad categories that HFC will target, those with general environmental illness affected by today’s modern building materials (environmental illness), and those who suffer not only from our Wi-Fi world, but poorly designed and installed residential electrical wiring (electromagnetic sensitivity).
HFC will acquire approximately 200 acres to provide for present and future growth. The large acreage is required so as to create as large a buffer from neighboring land uses as possible. The acreage will contain either a pond/lake or watercourse. There will be a common reception building for guests using the facility.
The property will be divided into two main areas, each with their own community building housing recreational, educational, and therapeutic facilities. One area will be designated for those suffering from general environmental illnesses (EI). Initially 4, growing to 20, housing units approximately 800 sq. ft. in size would be constructed utilizing building design and materials that have a low environmental impact to the guests. Some of the buildings would be built out of traditional wood frame construction, others out of insulated concrete block, and still others out of less common materials such as metal (like a converted shipping container). Guests could book stays in different construction styles to determine which one has the least environmental impact on them. The second area will be designed for those suffering from electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS). Initially 4, growing to 20, these housing units, called ‘bunkies’ would only contain a bedroom, washroom and sitting room, being about 300 sq. ft. in size. Kitchen and dining facilities would be housed in the community building for this area along with recreational, educational, and therapeutic facilities. Some of the bunkies would be truly, electricity free, while others would have a kill switch to cut off all electricity to the bunkie to allow the guest the freedom to set the hours of no electromagnetic field generation to determine the optimum time they require for balanced health. For some, it may be 4 hours, others 8 hours, and for others, a longer period. Like the EI housing, these would be constructed of health conscious and environmentally friendly materials.
The use of electronic devices such as smartphones, ipods, tablets and laptops will be limited to the EI section of the property primarily to ensure those guests staying in the EMS section are not unduly impacted by the electromagnetic fields these devices generate.
With the ability to try out different housing options during their stay, one of the goals is to allow the guest to determine how best to build their own permanent home. Other goals will be to educate guests while they recuperate from environments that have poisoned or otherwise negatively impacted their health.
Below is a concept design of the overall facility.
The budget for this vision is still under review. Funding will be sought to acquire the 200 acres, to improve the property with roads, walking trails and building sites, and to construct a reception building, two community buildings and initially 8 housing units with infrastructure to accommodate up to 40 housing units. Estimated acquisition and infrastructure is $2,500,000 and the initial build is approximately 15,000 sq. ft. costing between $3,000,000 and $4,500,000 depending on final site location. Marketing and promotion is presently budgeted at $500,000. A total capital raise of $6,000,000 to $7,500,000 will be required.
Location of the facility has not yet been settled. However, the site should be easily accessible from major highways, and be about 1 hour from a regional airport to permit guests easy access. The property site search will be concentrated in the north central and north east US as what few similar facilities exist are primarily located on the west coast.
The facility will be operated as a short term rental facility on daily rates. There are a number of internet sites serving this segment of the population, which we will utilize to promote this facility. As well, direct communication to doctor’s offices and clinics will be undertaken.
To assist guests in meeting these costs, Habitat for Canaries, as funding permits, provide for financial support to guests who so qualify. As well, investigation will also be undertaken with insurance carriers and governmental services to determine what portion they would cover under medical plans and or grants.
Habitat for Canaries has been recognized as a not-for-profit corporation with a 501 (c) (3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. All donations, bequests, devices and transfers will be tax receipted for US donors.
Behind the scenes
After suffering from a biological overload in 1998 and living in a home with toxic mold, Lindsay moved into her first healthy home in 2004. Despite the irreversible damage, she noticed that living in extreme isolation from society and incitents combined with the healthy home environment and treatment enabled her to gain ground over the disabilities. Studying from her healthy home she graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in 2008 without ever stepping foot in the classroom. She now owns and operates an online small eco business working out of her healthy home. Though avoidance from incitants remains paramount for her, living in the healthy home has provided a stable and good quality of life! It is always her dream to honor God in and through her illness and life. She now feels that He is leading her to transform her suffering into a blessing for others by bringing her particular knowledge and experience to the vision He’s given, namely, Habitat For Canaries.
Gordon has spent 30 years in the land development business, the first 10 years consulting to developers and the last 20 years, being a developer. He has handled the administration of developments, managing the cash flow, and supervising third party professionals providing planning, design, engineering, and infrastructure for projects from 10 acres to 1000 acres. For 18 of the last 20 years, Gordon has investigated, researched, attended seminars, and queried many professionals, which now enables him to apply his extensive knowledge to living in a healthy home. He will be a valuable contribution not only in developing the site, but also in building and operating the facility. As he enters retirement (in age only) he looks forward to utilizing his skill set for the development and operation of Habitat for Canaries.
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