Team Depot Make Significant Improvements to Veterans' Home
SHREVEPORT, La. (November 11, 2015) – Orange shirts took over the Veterans Transitional Living Facility Nov. 10, as more than 100 Team Depot volunteers participated in Veterans Day projects, including landscaping, painting and building renovations.
This effort in Shreveport is a part of The Home Depot’s fifth-annual Celebration of Service campaign, during which Team Depot volunteers put their talents to work to transform more than 1,000 homes for veterans across the country from Sept. 11 to Veterans Day.
The Veterans Transitional Living Facility, owned by Volunteers of America North Louisiana, is a 56-bed facility, located on the corner of Jordan Street and Highland Street that provides the basics of shelter, food and supportive services to help veterans transition from being without a home into independent living.
Volunteer projects throughout the day included:
- General clean-up and remodeling of the laundry room
- Making landscaping improvements
- Screening in the patio area
“What I like about working with Volunteers of America is The Home Depot values and their values are the same,” said Jack Parker, store manager. “When we do these projects, we bring the values to life and give hope to our communities and veterans.”
Community partners, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and U.S. Air Force volunteers, also joined the workday. The entire atmosphere was fun and uplifting. As loud music played, fresh coats of paint applied, and flowers planted, the home is now completely renovated for veterans to enjoy their new space.
Craig, a resident of the Veterans Transitional Living Facility, was so warmed by the volunteer’s willingness to help veterans like him on their day off work. “I decided to pick up a paint brush and help too,” said Craig. “This is all very nice.”
The partnership with Volunteers of America is part of The Home Depot’s nationwide commitment to improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. In the last four years, Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans and their families with the support of more than $85 million in donations from The Home Depot Foundation. Learn more about the partnership with Volunteers of America.
About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $85 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.
About Volunteers of America North Louisiana:
Founded in 1935, Volunteers of America of North Louisiana serves the needy and vulnerable in our community by promoting self-sufficiency through services which meet the social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals. We operate more than 50 programs and serve about 6,000 individuals annually. Veteran services were established in 2010 and include transitional and permanent housing, counseling and legal assistance.