Where we’ve been and where we’re going
Our story begins in 2017 when Mr. Ryan Timmermans founded Veterans Off-Grid and purchased 50 acres in Carson, New Mexico. Since then, we have reached many milestones to help homeless veterans and promote eco-friendly living.
See what we’ve accomplished recently from the events listed directly below, or if you prefer, start reading at the bottom of the page and make your way back up to see how Veterans Off-Grid has progressed from it’s origin.
Happy Birthday to our founder Ryan Timmermans who spent his birthday working. The first course of tires are finished and the vapor barrier is on the earth-bag tiny home.
The Hoogle Pit has been dug and is getting filled in with dead trees, branches, mulch, and soil. Then we will plant a tree line to break the prevailing winds from the south west. This pit will act as a water catch and give nutrients to the trees for several decades.
Veterans Off-Grid had the opportunity to meet with Congresswoman Davids from Kansas 3rd District to discuss how to better serve veterans.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Kenny Quinn Kathleen Predmore and Ramie Chavez for helping us get the roof finished; you rocked it out! The Earthbag house wouldn’t have come this far along without all of our volunteers taking time to help us out. You’re all the real heros to us.
Putting the roof on our Earthbag house. This is a relatively new design and we couldn’t be more excited about it’s completion.
Day 4 of the tiny Earthbag passive solar shelter. Thanks to Kenny Quinn, Bjorn Wolf, Charlina Martinez, Terry Timmermans, Rosalinda Vasquez, Ramie Chavez, and Kathy Predmore. Without your help, we wouldn’t be where we are today!
Starbucks employees want to help us reach our goals. They with assistance from their partners , family, and friends will be volunteering physically and virtually to further our goals and increase our visibility to the world!
We’ve made a ton of progress on the Earthbag house; however, still a lot of work to get done. We’re hoping to get more volunteers to assist and get it complete!
Our grand opening was a smashing success! We got half the earth bag passive solar structure built, nearly finished 'rocking up' the yurt, and laid the base course of tires for the first earthship home for a veteran in need; all while having a ton of fun and learning a lot about sustainable building!
During yesterday’s launch day, we had Taos News Jesse Moya come to our site and take a good at all the work we’re doing to combat veteran homelessness. "Together, veterans are capable of accomplishing incredible feats," Timmermans said. "Together we will become world changers and protectors of the planet."
First day of the grand opening! Cant wait to see the progress made on day 2 and 3. Thank you to everyone who came out to show support to our mission today!
We’re getting ready for our 2019 Grand Opening by prepping the site for the volunteers, cleaning up for pictures, and ensuring we have as necessary equipment readily available.
A special thank you to Tyler Beesley with At Least Web Design for helping us launch our new and improved website. This will be a benefit not only for our followers but also for the veterans we’re serving and our volunteers.
Terry, one of the Board Members, traveled 1,700+ miles from Myrtle Beach to Carson, NM to join in on the fun with our 2019 launch starting on July 19th!
Check out Ryan Timmermans recycling some glass bottles that will later be used at Veterans Offgrid. These discarded glass bottles will be transformed into bottle bricks and used to build walls that are structurally sound and stunningly beautiful.
Colby had the unique opportunity to develop an independent study with a community-based faculty member for college credit. In addition to receiving college credit, he presented twice at the Johnson County Community College Symposium regarding leadership, veteran homelessness alleviation, holistic healing, and the mission of Veterans Off-grid.
Picked up amazing donations from Home Depot yesterday. They donated a wood burning stove, a pallet of ghost wood, and a pallet of pavers!
Three veterans selling baked goods to raise donations and awareness on the environmental crisis we’re facing alongside the need to give back to those who have sacrificed for us.
We’ve begun remodeling the existing Earthship to update the bathroom, flooring, kitchen, electrical, plumbing, and bedroom. We couldn’t be more excited about the outcome!
The NRCS sponsored HOOP house has arrived to begin our sustainable farming practices that will improve the soil year-over-year. A special thanks to our volunteers Keith and Kerri for helping with this new endeavor!
We faced the Bomb Cyclone that blew over the bathroom and shower structure. Luckily, we were able to put it back up, stucco the exterior, and cemented the structure to the ground.
We secured Congressman Ben Rey Lujan’s support for our great cause. We’re so honored that he stands behind us!
Ryan was given the opportunity to talk about Veterans Off-Grid with Senator Martin Heinrich, and we’re thankful for his praise and support.
The partnership with Taos County Solid Waste Department has proven fruitful. We received deliveries of grounded recycled glass to improve the road to Veterans Offgrid.
We received a large tire donation from the now dismantled Jihadist compound in northern New Mexico. These tires will be re-purposed for good to house a homeless veteran in need.
We completed the framing for the outdoor multiuse structure for dining, outdoor kitchen, and shade space. This will also help significantly for rainwater collection for agricultural programs to be implemented soon.
Salesforce corporate team came to visit VOG to work on our courtyard and our fig, pomegranate, and apple orchard.
Despite delay from the rain, we worked on getting the composting toilet and outdoor shower frame built, Earthship courtyard tire wall to the 3rd course, and excavated the shed floor for a concrete pour!
Taos County still has problems with illegal tire dumps. Veterans Off-Grid volunteers alongside with Taos County Solid Waste Department organized a tire site clean up day. We took usable tires back to prepare to build the first sustainable house for a homeless veteran.