A program that permanently meets the requirements of displaced worker families could, of course, also serve other challenged groups as well. These might include the chronically homeless, ethnically or sexually penalized minorities, unemployed or underemployed parolees, disabled veterans or civilians, at-risk young folks, orphaned or abused children, refugees from natural disasters, war or persecution, recovering 12-step folks in search of more community, and in a general way all who have been marginalized by nature, nurture, or national neglect.
Such folks often find a way forward in faith communities whose ethical injunctions include compassion. Our own experience of is that empathy among folks in cohousing and ecovillage communities is as intense as that found faith groups, although the former are generally secular. That said, they tend to readily adopt any custom if it enriches community life. A particular religious group might also adopt and adapt the SRN option to serve its own ethical traditions.
Whatever a potential residents personal challenge may be, the sense of one’s worth inherent being a significant player within the weave of a community’s life is a powerful healer of souls.