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Sammy Bear likes to call himself "homefree" instead of homeless. He is a nomad that travels the world exploring how to solve the housing crisis. He remodels spaces, builds new homes with eco-friendly materials, creates affordable housing models, and works towards solutions to help the homeless.

Places there are Sammy Bear Homes or projects in development:

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At Global Peace Train, we have over 45 avatars that represent the causes and projects we support. Each avatar is a unique storyteller from Presentville and is designed to help you explore and learn complex social problems in an accessible way.

We invite you to explore the avatars and find one that resonates with you. If you feel that connection, join us in our live Presentville shows by donating an Avatar's costume and becoming the Avatar!

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The First Sammy Bear Home Pilot

A group of Presentville Players raised more than $50,000 in gifts and a 0% interest loan to buy a trailer home in Boulder, Colorado. The home was created to provide affordable housing to a homeless senior in our community.

 

Since 2018, the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, has provided affordable housing to 11 individuals and shelter for 4 animals. 

The first home acts as a pilot program for future Sammy Bear Homes.

We are planning to build the second home on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We completed the small teepee prototype in 2019 and the full-sized build was put on hold during the pandemic.

 
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The Second Sammy Bear Home Prototype

In 2019, 3 volunteers and many donors rallied to build a 15-foot prototype for the second Sammy Bear Home which we plan to build on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 

The housing crisis on Pine Ridge is real, about 90% of families live in substandard dwellings, most of which would be considered "condemned" outside the reservation. Many families live without heat and rely on a single wood-burning stove inside dilapidated trailer homes without running water and proper plumbing.

Dave Swallow, a Lakota Medicine Man, has offered his land to build the full-sized home in hopes of creating a solution for sustainable and dignified housing for the Lakota people and other communities with similar struggles.