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What do you do when the people you trusted to care for you betray you and the sanctuary you were promised becomes a your worst nightmare - a deathtrap.

It Takes a Village Ministry, Inc.  is dedicated to creating and supporting natural healing communities around the world.  A key element of healthy communities are Safe Homes that provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual protection and nurturing to the residents. 

 

Project SAFE HOME is our effort to expose the crimes perpetuated in Tallahassee Florida against the most vulnerable in our midst, "individuals who are financially, socially, or institutionally disadvantaged", under the guise of Social Missions that make false promises to provide "help and hope by creating solutions that provide a path to self-sufficiency to those in poverty."   

 

More importantly, Project Safe Home seeks to provide assistance to correct this injustice and to educate others on ways to create SAFE HOMES.

 

Join us in Restoring HOPE, HEALTH, HARMONY and HOMES to our brothers and sisters in need.  Click on the link below to contribute to our "Go Fund Me"

Join us in Restoring HOPE, HEALTH, HARMONY and HOMES to our brothers and sisters in need.  Click on the link below to contribute to our "Go Fund Me"

EXPOSING the DEADLY TRUTH

The Timeline of Death and Despair

 

Bob moved to The Dwellings, a small community of tiny homes, in January 2019, and he said that from day one it was an absolute joy. He thought that the office staff were helpful and had assembled a  community of diverse and interesting backgrounds of people who want to make The Dwellings a model for “Tiny Living”.  Bob helped Reo, the greenhouse master gardener, grow  produce for the dining hall.  Bob had over 30 years of experience in horticulture, so  he served his community with his expertise. Seeing plants grow from seeds to  vegetables and full crops was been an enjoyable experience for him.  Bob was excited  to get involved in the kitchen and the woodwork shop when they open. The activities and the community there were everything that he had ever wanted. Bob loved his  community and his tiny house because he thought they were cozy, friendly, and safe.

 

Little did Bob and the other residents realize that their dream homes were to become their worst nightmare.  In Bob's case, his tiny home became his deathtrap on July 8, 2020.  The Tiny Houses were built using “air tight” construction materials and design.  The issue is not just lack of ventilation, it is small volumetric spaces, “air tight” designs, and Mitsubishi and staff telling residents to keep windows and doors closed.  The houses are all square footage of 150-400 sq. ft. which translates into VERY small volumetric space for air.

 

“The canary in the mine.” Is an idiom based on how miners would bring a caged canary into mines, because they will die faster from high CO2 levels faster than humans.   CO2/CO is a silent killer, people in cave ins don’t die from lack of oxygen, they fall asleep and died from CO2 concentrations that are too elevated and the body’s pulmonary can no longer exchange CO2 out for O2 in. 

We invite you to review our timeline of a series of unfortunate events that have contributed to what we identify as the "suspicious" deaths of over 7 people in a small community of less than 100 residents in a period of 18 months.  Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story.  Residents continue to die under mysterious circumstances and the Dwellings refuses to make the necessary modifications to create safe homes. 

Tiny Homes

In December of 2017, the first residents of the Dwellings moved into their Tiny Homes.  The Dwellings presents itself as a community unlike any other. On-site case management, access to communal resources, and constant innovation provides residents with skills needed to achieve and maintain success.  The Dwellings describes itself as the third entity under CESC, Inc. and  aids in the overarching mission of offering help and hope by creating solutions that  provide a path to self-sufficiency to those in poverty.   

 

Their website states that it is a sustainable housing solution for individuals who  are financially, socially, or institutionally disadvantaged. Simply put, they assist  those who do not traditionally meet the requirements for most housing options in Tallahassee. For example, a veteran on a fixed income without the funds to put  down first and last month’s rent, may be eligible to live at The Dwellings and  participate in their program. 

All of the Dwelling residents agree to participate in its programming  when they agree to live in their community.   

 

The Dwellings also states that it does  understand that eradicating homelessness is not as simple as giving someone a roof  over their head, and they look to ensure the residents continue to grow and maintain  success. The Dwellings state it is able to do this with on-site case management,  access to communal services such as laundry facilities, gathering spaces, a dining  hall and more. The Dwellings look to provide over 130 housing units with a low  carbon footprint, high-tech benefits, and access to resources all in one location. 
 

The Dwellings showcases three models allow residents to move into  a space that fits their budget and space requirements. With approximately 220 sq. ft., this housing option allows for 1 individual to live  comfortably. The space includes: Kitchen, Bathroom, Living Space, and Front  Porch.  “Having a home should not  come with strain – we want each resident to feel comfortable and safe.”
 

Mitsubishi Donation

The Dwellings lists as “Current Sponsors” the following information: As a non-profit, we are able to keep our focus on what matters: the residents. However, our work is only possible by the support of our donors and sponsors.

We’d like to extend a warm thank you to our current sponsors: 
• Beatitude Foundation 
• Dantin and Associates 
• Floresta 
• Huffman Associates Studio for Architecture 
• Mitsubishi Electric 
• Pennyworth Homes 
• RAM Construction & Development, LLC 
• Alsco 

 

In 2016 Mitsubishi donated several ductless non-ventilating air conditioning units, MUZ Fh06NA.  Mitsubishi had its engineers inspect and assist in the installation at The Dwellings  units.  These units have Rating as high as 33.1 and EER Rating as  high as 19.0. The highest on the market, and as a result, marketed the product, as  the “Most Energy-efficient Ductless Model on Market Provides Significant Heating Capacity in Extreme Cold Climates.” Mitsubishi operates as partners with The  Dwellings. This was publicly announced on December 17, 2017.

 

Unfortunately, HVAC nomenclature was wrongfully applied as there is no “V” or “ventilation” from this  product. As a result, all that purchased this unit or received this unit as a charity,  such as the Dwellings, were deceived. The explicit  instructions for this product state that “This appliance is not intended for us by  persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities,  or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or  instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.”  No supervision or instruction were given and no instructions on required  independent ventilation of units for these ductless non-ventilating air conditioners.  At a later date, official representatives of Mitsubishi explicitly informed residents that this air  conditioning unit does not bring in outside air, and “unless you have a ventilator to  bring in fresh air, you have to get one.” 

 

 

Beginning of the Nightmare

Unfortunately, The Dwellings did not inform its fragile tenants or the  public that its units have significant morbidity and injury impacts due to the failure  to provide ventilation to its units, leading to deaths and injuries from “Sick Building  Syndrome” (SBS), “Tight Building Syndrome” from “Indoor Air Pollution” and “Volatile  Organic Compounds” as a result of CO2 poisoning, toxic mold and mildew, acidic  insulation carcinogenic particulate off gassing, and painting, cleaning and  insecticides used in the sealed units.

 

The residents were not however informed about the risks of high CO2 and  insulation off gassing of VOCs and their dangerous acidic carcinogenic particulates,  toxic mold and mildew, or how to address these risks through open windows,  bathroom fans, and stove fans. In fact, on March 12, 2019, The Dwellings and  Mitsubishi gave the exact wrong guidance, focusing on mildew concerns. They  brought “in indoor air quality experts and manufacturer’s representatives from Mitsubishi, which is the maker of the HVAC system used in our homes. The bottom  line is very clear: . . . 4. Do not leave your windows and doors open for an  extended period of time; . . .” While this guidance may assist with externally sources toxic  mold and mildew, it causes deaths and injuries from SBS CO2 poisoning and  insulation of off gassing of VOCs and their dangerous carcinogenic particulates, and  internally sourced toxic mold and mildew.  

 

As a result, personal injuries arising from Indoor Air Pollution (“IAP”) were experienced by the residents with increasing frequency and intensity as time passed.

 
First, residents began to notice the overgrowth of mold throughout their tiny homes, especially in the HVAC units that were used for heating and cooling the buildings.  Then, residents began to complain of particular discomforts while in the building,  but which discomforts are alleviated upon leaving the building, and where there is  no discoverable link between the building source and the problems encountered.  Their symptoms of SBS included tiredness, eye strain, fatigue and  drowsiness, headaches, tension, nervousness or irritability, sinus congestion, stuffy  or runny nose, chest tightness or wheezing, dry skin and gastrointestinal ailments. 

In light of these concerns, several residents began to conduct deeper investigations and engaged in a variety of actions to bring awareness of the problems to individuals, company officers and government officials.


 

Investigations and Appeals

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Series of Deaths, Arrests, and Hospitalizations

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Seeking Justice

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Intimidation and Retaliation Against Whistle Blowers

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Remembering the Dearly Departed

Unsuspecting Victims

Richard Pawlik

Richard John Pawlik, 63 years old, Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on December 31, 2018 peacefully in his sleep.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 AM on January 18, 2019 at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85008. Burial will immediately follow.

Richard was born at Geneva Hospital on March 12, 1955 and grew up in Naperville, Illinois.  He Graduated Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona 1973.  He received a Bachelor’s of Business Science from Arizona State University.

Richard worked several jobs including Combs Arco in Scottsdale and Voter Registration in Northern Virginia.  After leaving Virginia, Richard found tranquil living in the Dwellings in Tallahassee, Florida.   He enjoyed fishing, playing the guitar and watching sports and talking with friends.

Richard is survived by his younger sister, Christine Cozza and his nephews, David Saul, Mike Saul, Danny Cozza and Jason Pawlik, along with his nieces, Jamie Pawlik, Jennifer Myers and Stephanie Moe and the rest of the extended family and friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Herta Pawlik ; as well as his two sisters, Victoria Pawlik and Anamarie Dembowski, and his brother, Ted Pawlik and brother in-law Marty Dembowski.
 

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ELEMENTS of a SAFE HOME

Clean Water

On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.

Air Quality

However it is insufficient to treat clean air as a policy objective. It must be regarded as a fundamental human right, related to the rights of life, health, and a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. ... Every minute, ten adults die, prematurely, because of dirty air inhaled during their lifetime.

Food Access

Food and nutrition security is assured through food sovereignty, understood as “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems”

Heart/SouL

Everyone has the right to live, to be free, and to feel safe. No one should be held in slavery for any reason. No one shall be put through torture, or any other treatment or punishment that is cruel or makes him or her feel less than human.