Saturday, July 21, 2012

Building A Better America

I have always believed that one of our main purposes in life should be to help others in need; to make a difference in people's lives. One of my favorite quotes because it speaks so strongly to this belief is,

"In the end it doesn't matter what a great car you had, how much money you had in your bank account or how big your house was. What really counts is the difference you made in the world, the people you helped - that is how you'll be remembered."

So where am I going with all this?

The Great Recession is over. At least that’s what everyone keeps telling me, but I'm not quite feeling that this is the truth. Let’s face it, unemployment is running RAMPANT through the U.S. There’s one thing I don’t remember from all those economics classes long ago. If consumer spending accounts for the bulk of all spending and consumers are unemployed or scared to spend, how exactly is the economy pulling out of the recession? Anybody care to explain that to me? Uncle MiltyPapa KruggyZeidy Bernanke… anyone?

Let's do some math here. The numerical values are staggering! The U.S. population is approximately 313,244,975. The current reported unemployment rate is 8.3% – so let's make it easy on ourselves and call it an even 10% – that means that in OUR nation alone 31,324,497 people are struggling EVERY DAY to survive. Read the number again, let it soak in. Ya, it left me a bit speechless too!

A few months back I introduced you to my close friend, Steven Gantt (If you missed that post you can read it here.). There are many attributes about Steven that I simply adore, however the thing that always resonates so emphatically with me is his giving spirit. . .his desire to help those in need. 

It is because of his giving nature that Building A Better America (BABA for short), a 501c is being born!

So what is BABA? Who better to tell you than Steven himself?

Well in short, it’s a housing project – wait, wait don’t close the page yet. It’s built by and for all of the unemployed. Whether you’re a welder, glass maker, tile layer, housewife (they have to be decorated right?) everyone can contribute to this project. The best parts are: they are relatively cheap to build, give the unemployed work and a safe place to live while they get back on their feet. It’s so simple, storage container housing. Wait, what?

Here, I’ll show you but before I do let's do the math. They are cheap to procure, usually under $2,000 per 40ftx10ft container. They are fire proof, termite proof and very easy to transport and set up. (You can see an example on YouTube here.)

Aside from using these as a housing development, we will use the prefab, bare bones version single units to aid disaster stricken areas.

On the sidebar of I Look Good Today you will see a donate button has been added. I'm partnering with Steven and BABA to help make a difference. YOU can easily make an impact in people's lives today by making a donation to BABA by clicking on that donate button. The first thing to do if you want make a difference in the world is to look to what's going on right there where you stand - helping people begins with your neighbors.

For more information visit Building A Better America here.


  1. Something to think aboutJuly 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Not to be down on your friend's project (because it sounds like a wonderful initiative with the potential to make a huge difference), but just something else to think about: with homeless rates higher than they've been in a long, long time(and including people with all kinds of stories, from many walks of life), we already have (according to some estimates) up to 5x as many houses standing empty.

  2. Thank you for sharing something positive and an idea of something we can do to help. America could use more affordable housing!

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