When a storm left a home for teen mothers facing nearly $9,000 expenses, Larry Miller stepped up. The project Miller created while coaching in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program took care of Cocoon houses expenses and more, catching the eye of the Daily Herald newspaper of northwestern Washington state.
Cocoon House has two facilities: a shelter for homeless youth in Snohomish County, and a house for teen mothers and their children in Arlington. The storm took out much of a large fence surrounding the house and left the organization facing a huge budget hole. Miller found a number of ways to help the group, which didn’t have staff trained to repair the fence.
First Miller, a trained carpenter, got a deal on local supplies and recruited volunteers to help. Then he put together a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1,700 in supplies, and got the rest donated from local businesses. The work Miller oversaw went beyond the fence and into landscaping the property. He is now working to assist with additional construction projects and coordinate hiking trips for teens from the shelter.
Next, he is arranging another crowdfunding campaign to buy coats for the teens and the kids.
“He’s blowing us away with his ability to contribute and his self-driven nature, month after month,” said Cocoon House volunteer coordinator Marty Shaw.