BEARDSTOWN — Beardstown City Council is considering building something tiny in hopes of helping homeless or struggling veterans in a big way.

Quincy-based organization 2x4s for HOPE was launched about five years ago to build tiny homes that then are given free to veterans.

Members Billie and Paula Burge will speak Tuesday during the council's committee meeting, giving a presentation on the organization's completed projects in Quincy and Mount Sterling and discussing how Beardstown could move forward with its own 2x4s for HOPE project.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Mathis

When I exited the United States Army almost 10 years ago, my mother was ravaged by terminal cancer. She passed six months after my discharge. I could not seem to hold a regular job. I had three younger teenage siblings, the youngest being 13. As much as I wanted to, I could not take care of my immediate family’s needs. When we could no longer afford the duplex, my siblings stayed at a family  friend’s house. I stayed for a while, but my issues forced the family to ask me to leave.

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Photo courtesy of Jason Campbell

Editor’s note: The following story of purpose and perseverance highlights a veteran who works at Epicor. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Epicor is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.

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