Racine-area seniors who attended post-prom over the weekend voted to give a $5,000 grant — courtesy of the Racine Founder’s Rotary Club  — to Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.

The money will be used to help build homes for homeless veterans through the Veteran’s Outreach of Wisconsin tiny homes project.

It’s been years since the Rotary allowed seniors to direct the grant, but the civic group brought it back.

“One thing Rotary used to do that was dropped about 20 years ago is let the senior class essentially give a grant to a local nonprofit as a senior class gift,” said Chris Terry, of the Racine Founder’s Rotary Club.

The tiny home project includes building 8 by 16-foot homes that feature a loft-style bed, a couch, compost toilet, mini-refrigerator, microwave, cabinet and flat screen television.

The group plans on building 15 tiny homes from scratch in three phases. The first phase will include building five homes and a community center that will have counselors specializing in alcohol and other drug treatment, and mental health issues. The second and third phase will each include adding five more houses. Three homes will be arranged together around a common space, which will include a deck.

The whole project is expected to cost $125,000, which the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin is currently collecting donations to pay for the project.

If you would like to make a donation, visit the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin website.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.