Sandy Blair is on a mission to provide much-needed stability to female veterans by creating housing for those who need it through her nonprofit Operation WEBS. Fortunately, that mission is quickly picking up steam with the support of the community.
Through Operation WEBS: Women Empowered Build Strong, Blair hopes to begin providing tiny homes—and eventually a tiny home village—for female veterans in need. Blair recently unveiled her first veteran sister home in Orcutt. The roomy and modern house will eventually house no more than four women, providing them with security while they get their lives back on track. Blair emphasized that there will not be more than four women at a time—one per room–allowing the residents to bond like roommates.
“I want to stress that, this is not a transition home, this is not a halfway house, this is not a shelter, it’s literally a stability home. The only thing you’re really sharing is the kitchen and bathroom,” she said.
The house has special meaning to Blair—it belongs to her sister who took her and her children in when she found Blair found herself homeless after her Air Force military service. Blair and her sister eventually purchased a large place for their families to share. Now, Blair is a real estate agent and started the Operation WEBS nonprofit, to help other women who are currently in the situation she knows all too well.
The unveiling of the Orcutt veteran sister home brought out a large crowd of supporters who toured the house and made financial donations to the movement. The event even garnered recognition from Congressman Salud Carbajal. Blair promises there are more exciting things she’ll be revealing in the coming months, along with some fundraising events, like a 5K expected late summer.
“It was beyond what I expected,” she said. “It’s truly been a blessing, today I’m so full inside.”
The organization doesn’t receive grants and operates solely on the funds raised at events and through the hard work her family volunteers to run things. Because of this, Blair said she’s overwhelmed and thankful for the support the community has shown.
To get involved visit OperationWebs.org