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There is a continuous search for something beyond the simple structure of four walls and roof to cover the head. It is more than physical protection; it is an emotional connection. It goes beyond the eyes and pierces the soul. Here we can begin our search. Here we can live within one another.

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Zena Plumb:

Sometimes I don’t really know why I’m here, I guess. There’s so much that’s deprived of you, that you don’t even realize until you’re here. The things that are just meant to be just are. There is not even enough people to even begin to try to fight nature. I like that you can get lost not necessarily by geography or location but that people can lose track of you, that you can find places in the middle of the woods that you can go scream if you want to. That you can make it your own without it being adulterated by anyone else. In the city I used to go on midnight walks trying to find a piece of that for me but here it’s so much more accessible to really truly be alone and not be found very easily.

Shaun Murphy:

Each day’s a, you know, it’s a blessing each day to wake up and I’m very thankful to God for a roof over my head every night. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. I like to hang the stuff on the wall about the religious stuff, the gospel stuff, to spread the world of Jesus Christ to people. People come in they immediately see a picture of Christ on the wall or Christ on the cross hanging they kinda start thinking. It all, everything on earth belongs to God to begin with and it’s pretty awesome what God’s given you. You know, just a place to live and like I said a place to wake up every morning and to call home. You know, and I can’t be thankful enough to the Lord for that.

William Workman:

I ain’t going nowhere, that makes things peacefully and quiet now that’s my speed from here on in. I worked twenty-six years in Los Angeles, and ah, I hung steel for the high-rises then I came down in here and been down in here ever since. Here everybody’s the same, no arguments, nothing like that, you know, no nothing like that. For instance I’m eighty, eighty-one years old, or eighty years old. How am I going to cope in the city at my age? You understand what I mean, them’s young people in the city today, I can’t cope with em’, I can’t keep up with em’, you understand what I’m saying? So this is the best place in the world for me. In here I sit on my front porch in the summertime with a cup of coffee. You’ve got the fresh air, cars coming past, people coming to work, and that makes it beautiful. I’m not looking for nothing just to live the rest of my life out in peace, quiet, that’s all.

Kim:

My situation, my circumstances I was getting a divorce and met Darren and as soon as he brought me out here I just fell in love with the place and I’ve never wanted to leave. I just love it, everything, it’s just my own little piece of heaven.

Darren:

My mother and father got this place when I was eight years old and I’ve been in love with this holler ever since. You get to appreciate what you have and you know don’t have to worry about the problems they got in the big cities.

Kim:

We’re just super comfortable with each other, we can talk about anything, and if we’re trapped in the house it’s nice to have that companionship because we do get along so well.

Darren:

So it’s good to know, it’s good to have a friend.

Kim:

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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