Marcus Metcalf (left) of HIGHTS receives a $500 check from America’s Home Place staff Loretta Womack, Shannon Bishop, Chris Matthews and Ryan Pless to support the construction of a tiny house.


HIGHTS (Helping Inspire Gifts of Hope, Trust and Service) received an award of $500 from America’s Home Place – Franklin Office to build a tiny home on a trailer this spring.

The build will be finished out with the help of HIGHTS clients to provide job training skills and an introduction to a career in construction.

A spring grant from the Nantahala Health Foundation helped get the program started.

HIGHTS plans to sell the tiny home and quickly begin another build to continue providing job training and support for HIGHTS programs.

The Sylva-based nonprofit works with at-risk youth to provide service opportunities, adventure activities, job training and essential mental health services in Jackson, Haywood, Macon and Swain counties. HIGHTS’ goal is to develop essential life skills and instill feelings of community belongingness in its clients.

To learn more about HIGHTS, visit HIGHTS.org. To inquire about purchasing the tiny home or partner with HIGHTS, contact Paul Heckert at paul@hights.org.