SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KOLR) — It’ll be the things we take for granted that people in Eden Village will be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
The tiny home community has residents who will spend their first Thanksgiving in a home after living on the street for years.
One of those residents is 55-year-old Tim Michaels. He has never lived in his own home, until this past Saturday when he was handed the keys to his own tiny home.
For the first time in 14 years, Tim Michaels has a permanent roof over his head and his own bed to sleep in.
“Don’t have to worry about if I have enough blankets, all I have to do is turn the button on the heat,” says Michaels.
In 2004, Michaels lost his mobile home after not being able to pay the rent and he’s been homeless ever since. Nowadays, he’s still getting used to having his own bathroom.
“I can go in here and take a shower in here whenever I want. I can take three of them today if I want to, don’t have to worry about standing in line and my name not being called today,” says Michaels.
Routine things like making his own coffee reminds Michaels of how far he’s come since living in a tent only days ago.
“When I had instant coffee, I even had to worry about how I was going to get hot water,” says Michaels.
A new home means Michaels has less serious things to worry about like mastering his guitar playing.
“I can learn how to play a few different songs. I am looking forward to that, it’s been a few different songs that I’ve been wanting to learn how to play,” says Michaels.
And instead of a lavish feast on Thanksgiving Day, Michaels is content with a good book, his guitar, and a cup of hot coffee.
“Now that I’ve got my own place, I might just stay here by myself. Definitely something to be thankful for, definitely be thankful,” says Michaels.
Eden Village will have a Thanksgiving dinner at its community center for all of the residents to enjoy on November 30th.