Volunteers of America Homeless Veteran Facility Gets New Coat of Paint
Team Depot volunteers hold commemorative board signing, paint 48 bedrooms for homeless veterans
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CLEVELAND, OH – The 48 bedrooms of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio’s Veterans Resource Center, 775 East 152nd Street, will get a new coat of paint on Wednesday, September 21, thanks to 100 Home Depot® associates. To honor the homeless veteran residents of the center and to mark the special occasion, volunteers will hold a commemorative board signing at 2 p.m.
The one-day painting project is part of The Home Depot® Foundation’s Celebration of Service initiative, which runs from September 11 through Veterans Day and includes 200 service projects directly aimed at improving homes, facilities and community centers where veterans and their families live and receive services.
Volunteers of America’s Veterans Resource Center, built in 2001, serves as a transitional living facility for 50 homeless veterans each day. The program provides meals, shelter, substance abuse and mental health treatment, financial literacy education, career counseling and access to numerous community resources. A fresh coat of paint will help brighten up the rooms of the 24-hour residential program. All paint and supplies were purchased with gift cards received through a Home Depot® Community Impact Grant and painting will be executed by 100 Team Depot volunteers from 10 area Home Depot® stores.
“We are so grateful to Home Depot for its commitment and dedication to improving the lives of those who have so bravely served our country,” said Dennis Kresak, president and CEO of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio. “This partnership allows us to continue to provide the best service to our veteran heroes.”
In April, The Home Depot® Foundation announced a pledge of $30 million over three years to address veterans’ housing issues. This includes a three-year partnership with Volunteers of America nationwide, including a $1.8 million commitment to repair and rehab properties where veterans and their families live.
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio serves more than 500 homeless veterans in Cleveland each year by providing housing, supportive case management, financial literacy education, mental health and substance abuse treatment and job training and employment services. Throughout Greater Ohio, Volunteers of America serves nearly 1,000 veterans each year in the metro areas of Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton. Nationally, Volunteers of America serves over 7,000 homeless veterans through 35 programs in 15 states.
About Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio
Volunteers of America is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human services programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people across the country – more than 16,000 in Greater Ohio alone.
Established locally in 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Learn more about Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio at www.voago.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation donates funds and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations to help make homes more affordable and comfortable through necessary repairs and modifications. In 2011, the Foundation announced a special focus on serving veterans with a three-year, $30 million initiative to address their critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook.