About

The Vision

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

The Challenge

Eugene has one of the highest per-capita rates of homelessness in the nation, with 80% (approximately 4,000 people) of the unhoused population unsheltered and underemployed. Existing shelter providers are at capacity and neighborhood objections and zoning challenges present hurdles in siting communities. A diverse array of alternative non-congregate housing options with access to transit are needed throughout the Eugene-Springfield metro area but there are not enough options available for low-income individuals.

By incorporating the focus of sustainable, community-oriented microenterprises into the transitional shelter model, Regeneristas will help to connect people to opportunities for creating equity and empowerment by providing the necessary “laddering” supports to help individuals move forward within the housing continuum while helping them to meet their individual goals.

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.

Photo by Shimizu Photography

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). She’s been tweeting for the Cascade Mycological Society and taking people out for feasts and forays along the Oregon mushroom belt since 2012.


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.