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Operation WEBS (OpWEBS)

Welcome Home Women Veterans

ORCUTT, CA   |  operationweb.org

Mission

Operation WEBS (OpWEBS) builds high quality, sustainable, and affordable Tiny Homes On Wheels (THOW) to provide rapid re-housing solutions for displaced & homeless women veterans. Our mission is to create, develop, and manage a THOW Eco- Farming Community for the growing population of underserved women veterans who are financially, emotionally, mentally, and physically incapable of securing suitable housing on their own due to their hardships and struggles of unimaginable difficulties following military service. Our vision is to provide a self-sustaining, eco-friendly, tiny home community which offers the empowerment, enrichment, independence, purpose, and security that our veteran sisters desperately need to aid in their successful transition back to civilian normalcy after military.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder, CEO

Sandy Blair

Main address

PO BOX 2984

ORCUTT, CA 93457 USA

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EIN

83-0935231

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too often after military service, women veterans struggle with unimaginable difficulties, much like our brothers we served with. Tragically the burdens of PTSD, loneliness and depression, parenting as a single mother, demons of sexual traumas, and many other challenges associated with seen or unseen disabilities magnify the struggles associated with transitioning to civilian life after separating from our military family. Tiny home communities offer the security, empowerment, independence, and hope that our veteran sisters (& brothers) need to be able to transition to civilian normalities.

Our programs

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Tiny House 2019

Build tiny homes on wheels (THOW) for displaced & homeless women Veterans struggling to transition back to civilian life after years military service.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Bring awareness to the hardships women Veterans face when they are seperated from military service.
Operation WEBS: Women Empowered Build Strong (OPWEBS), builds Tiny Homes On Wheels (THOW) as a sustainable, affordable housing solution for displaced & homeless women Veterans. Our mission is to create, develop, and manage a THOW Eco-Farming Village Community for the growing population of underserved women Veterans who are financially, emotionally, mentally and physically incapable of securing suitable housing on their own due to the hardships and struggles of unimaginable difficulties following military service.
Tragically the burdens of PTSD, loneliness and depression, parenting as a single mother, demons of sexual traumas and many other challenges associated with seen or unseen disabilities magnify the struggles female Veterans experience when transitioning to civilian life after separating from our military family.
Our vision is to provide a tiny home community which offers the empowerment, enrichment, independence, purpose, and security that our Veteran sisters desperately need to aid in their successful transition back to civilian normalcy after military service.
The goal of the community is to support the various needs of many homeless and displaced women Veterans, while preserving our precious eco system and promoting a better way of living and giving.

Through donations and community volunteering, we intend to build tiny homes on wheels as affordable and sustainable housing solutions for our homeless women Veterans.
 Tasks/activities include website updates, fundraising events, social media posts, collaboration with Veteran Service Organizations, and active building events.
 Procedures include formal documentation of volunteers and residents. The vetting and placement process will be in collaboration with VA and local Veteran Service Organizations. We aim to build long-term relationships with County Officials and Private Entities, Veteran Service Organizations, and Community Volunteers.
 Tools/technology measure strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and trends. They combine Internet and social media coverage and facilitate outreach to create partnerships with business entities.
With the support of civilian & military volunteers, and Veteran Services, we can achieve these objectives.
 Technical objective: Each home is to be equip w/ Internet & communication devices (computer/security)
 Schedule objective: Onsite volunteers - save time, resources, money, and energy during each build
 Cost objective: Donated resources - minimize the total expense of each build (building materials/food)
 Special objective: Financial support for every build through private sponsorships & grant opportunities

The THOW Eco-Farming Village Community is in a fairly remote area of Santa Barbara County, CA where up to twenty homeless women veterans who struggle to manage the challenges of housing instability and unaffordability can reside for a period of up to 2 years on 5 acres of Agriculture land. The Eco-Village embodies a Housing Onus Association (HOA), a private association where residents must obey the governing documents: Articles of Incorporation, CC&Rs and By-Laws, which may limit their choices. It consists of a shared “Work Toward Rebuilding Plan” for each resident of the community. This THOW Eco-Village Community is NOT just about the female Veteran recipients!
The village community’s’ Phase One Development allows for the accommodation of a manageable sum of volunteers (20) during every THOW build. The volunteer(s) can give of themselves completely during the build and receive in exchange the experience of living tiny for a weekend or week, which they otherwise would not have and therefore will be left to seek hotel accommodations 25 miles away from the build site.

 Currently OPWEBS is utilizing a THOW built by Ventura County Tiny Homes to host an open house informational session for the Vandenberg Air Force Base Commander on January 16th, 2019 to raise awareness and gain support for our mission.
 The Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boyz” from Vandenberg Air Force Base are scheduled for January 12, 2019 to begin the removal of various diseased trees on the property to create a safe and level space for building the volunteer lodging cabins.
 The first THOW kit, donated from Ventura County Tiny Homes, is scheduled for assembly on January 26th, 2019 by volunteers from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Civil Engineering Squadron and Equal Opportunity Special Interests Cabinet members.
 After a site visit from the Home Depot store manager, a grant application is scheduled to be submitted on January 21st, 2019. This grant will take up to 5 weeks for approval which at that time a team of Home Depot volunteers will complete the exterior and interior design of the first OPWEBS THOW.
 The first THOW is scheduled for completion by March 16th, 2019. OPWEBS intends to build seven (7) tiny homes for the Eco-Village Community during 2019.
 Simultaneously, the volunteers from the Civil Engineering Squadron will be grading and preparing up to 5 acres of the property obtained in 2016 for the female Veteran Eco-Village Community.
 OPWEBS is scheduled to present the female Veteran Eco-Village THOW Community proposal to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on 4/9/2019 at 9:00 AM in the Government Administration Building, board hearing room 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, California.
 We intend to continue building THOWS until the village community is approved for occupancy. The homes will be staged at the build site awaiting placement, or they will be donated to other Veteran village communities supporting female Veterans who need housing.

Financials

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Operation WEBS (OpWEBS)

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sandy Blair

Sandra Royster

Kristin Stewart

Michael Junior Blair

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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