Here is an article about a new hostel that is ramping up to open in Detroit, Michigan USA.
The owner hosted about 100 Couchsurfers and then decided to open a hostel after realizing the potential demand.
She found a great way to save money on beds and furniture, and I found the support of local volunteers to be really interesting.
Furniture designer and Lawrence Tech adjunct professor Mark Wilson of Royal Oak will involve his furniture design class in constructing beds and tables to fit into the small spaces.
Doerr [the owner] said she was surprised 48 people showed up to a community meeting to volunteer to help with landscaping, donations and painting. Of course, they still need more help and "maybe a lot of extra-long twin sheets," she said.
I wonder if the volunteers are motivated by the fact that the hostel will be non-profit, or if they just support the idea. Has anyone else had any luck getting volunteers to donate time or supplies to your hostel?