Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.
Debbie Caneen, the founder of Circle Pond Tiny Home Community, is the latest recipient of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grant. The grants are awarded to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events and are ready to take their business to the next level—while also giving back to the community.
The Tiny Home Community in Sun City Center provides affordable housing for seniors. Founder Debbie Caneen works for a senior retirement community with 400 “grandparents” under one roof who need assistance with bathing, dressing, housekeeping, and dining.
There are 22,000 seniors in Sun City Center, and no one under the age of 55 is allowed to live in Sun City. This leaves approximately 3,000 people commuting in daily to meet the seniors’ needs.
“With no affordable housing in South Shore for my team members, it is becoming more difficult to recruit needed staff,” explained Debbie. “When the opportunity presented itself to build small, affordable housing, I felt compelled to make it happen.”
The time was indeed right for the tiny community to begin development.
Today, Debbie is excited to share that more expansion for the community is planned in the form of a community garden designed to provide fresh vegetables at low cost to residents. This will happen in part due to the funding that the project has received from Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant.
“The residents and I say a big thank you for making this possible,” said Debbie.