About

The Vision

Regneristas envision a scalable, integrated shelter model anchored on the transformation of sustainable, community-oriented microenterprises.

The Challenge

Reversing homelessness, climate change, food insecurity, economic inequity, and waste pollution will require a conscious change in the paradigms that led to these consequences.

No single hierarchy can begin to manage the complexity of these systems. Mechanistic models are unable to adapt to the chaos and complexity.

Unless we learn how to bring nature’s regenerative, self-organizing, resilient models into our work and our communities, we will not thrive.

The Solution

Intentionally create systems that improve the way community-based organizations work together as a whole, support an adaptive network, and provide overall mutual benefit to the ecosystem. Empower subject matter experts to design and implement replicable, place-based models that provide housing, empower healing, bolster food security, create jobs, and add to community resiliency. Utilize a transparent decision-making process that prioritizes the evolutionary purposes it is established to serve, combining diverse funding streams to leverage existing assets.

The How

Establish a community regeneration agency to develop and pilot collaborative solutions that will help us sustain more liveable cities, distribute value more widely in the economy, and foster community participation in large scope and large-scale problem-solving.

Why are we doing it this way?

The time to address the issues our community faces one-at-a-time is over. Interconnected problems require interconnected solutions. Systems theory tells us that a single intervention designed to address a specific problem is not likely to produce satisfactory results in the long term. We recognize the importance of social networks and community participation in large scope and large scale problem solving and the power of our collective imagination to sustain a cohesive solution.

We believe addressing homelessness through an asset based framework and a solidarity model will open up the space for development of innovative and sustainable products and services. Individuals engaged in live-work programs will receive support for increased stability through hands-on work experience, team building, housing navigation, and conflict mediation.

who we are

Thomas Holden spent 17 years in Tanzania running a Kilimanjaro trekking business and co-founding an award winning recycled bike enterprise, the Arusha Bicycle Center (ABC).

In 2018, Thomas was invited to Geneva to speak at the United Nations (UN) after his company won the Best Responsible Tourism Product Award.

A certified Wilderness First Responder since 2003, he has been certified by all the major WFR approved organizations including NOLS/WMI, Aerie, WMA, and SOI. He is a trainer and master educator for Leave No Trace.

Sabra Marcroft has been collaborating on solutions to Eugene’s housing crisis since 2010 and was a founding member of Opportunity Village and Nightingale Hosted Shelters.

Sabra currently serves on both the Lane County Poverty and Homelessness Board‘s Lived Experience Advisory Group for Unhoused Engagement (LEAGUE) and the Employment workgroup. She works for Carry it Forward in a volunteer coordination capacity.

Heather Sielicki is a Eugene Human Rights Commissioner with 20 years of experience working with supporting community based organizations.

She works for Carry it Forward in a community liaison and development capacity and is the Vice-Chair for Lane Coalition for Organizations Active in Disaster Response (COAD).

Photo by Shimizu Photography

She’s been a volunteer for the Cascade Mycological Society since 2012 and produced their Wild Mushroom Cookbook.


Let’s build the future together.

The time to address the issues our community faces one-at-a-time is over. Interconnected problems require interconnected solutions. Systems theory tells us that a single intervention designed to address a specific problem in an interconnected set of problems is not likely to produce satisfactory results in the long term. 

By harnessing local assets in the spirit of collective regeneration, Regeneristas will support individual and community resilience and help to lead the movement towards a lasting, regenerative culture. 

Heather, Sabra, and Thomas participated in webinar series hosted by Cooperation Eugene designed to engage the broader community and stakeholders with core concepts behind an integrated housing design challenge they posed in February 2021.