Miles and Morgan Brody, two middle schoolers at the Harley School, regularly volunteer with their father Harlan at the Peace Village.
The Peace Village is an officially recognized encampment for unhoused people in the city of Rochester. One day, the boys saw shelters being built and installed at the village, and they had a bright idea.
“They said, ‘Wait a minute, we can do that too. We have a shop at Harley, we have people at Harley, we can build a shelter,’” said Kima Enerson.
Enerson is the maker educator at Harley, a capacity in which she runs the Maker Space and workshop, which includes a wood shop, at the school. Harlan reached out to Enerson with the idea, and she jumped on it — even though she had no prior experience building a structure from scratch,
“I said, ‘Yes, I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I have a few upper school classes and some middle…