Tiny home addiction treatment community closer to reality

"Tiny home" becomes drug treatment rehab facility

The land has been in the family for generations. More than 26 acres sit adjacent to the Phebus home on the border of Anna and Blue Ridge in Collin County. On that land Justin Phebus has sowed oats and bailed hay.

"Theres no place I'd rather be," said Justin.

Justin and his wife Meranda always wondered what more they could do with the land. Meranda's grandfather owned the land and also used it for agriculture.

"My wife always had larger aspirations for this property," he said.

But now they say they may have found the best use for it.

Shannon White with the substance abuse treatment center in McKinney, Grace to Change says her dream was always to open up a tiny homes community for women facing drug and alcohol addiction.

White says women facing addiction are more likely to go back to the bad environment that fed their addiction in the first place.

Matt Hilton, a local realtor, now President of Grace to Change, says a community like this is about giving people a chance to redeem themselves. It's a program called "Tiny House Big Recovery."

"Before it even ended I said 'We're in,'" Justin recalled after watching WFAA's first story about the group's need for property.

The Phebus family graciously gave 20 acres to the cause on a 5 year lease.

"This makes me wanna cry. I see hope, that's what I see...all this is about hope," said White.

The Phebus' family is a big believer in what can happen with this project. Justin admits addiction has hit people they know personally and that is part of the reason they wanted to help.

"It boils down to faith, fate, service, a little bit of good luck, and certainly grace," said Justin.

Initially the hope is for 14 homes which could help house about 20 women. The women would then qualify for a regimented treatment program that would be completed in phases. Hilton says there are work components to the program so the women can transition into employment easier.

Matt and Shannon are now working on a funding campaign to make it happen. Matt's hope is that groups, churches, and companies will sponsor the building of the shells of these tiny homes as they are being constructed. White also says there is a huge need for someone to survey the land to start the process of building the community.

"When you knock on those doors and the opportunities present themselves you gotta be able to receive what's given to you," said Hilton.

With the help of good people like the Phebus family, the pieces are coming together for Tiny House Big Recovery.

"We're gonna save lots of lives out here. We're gonna save lots of lives out here," said White.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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