Improving Transitional Housing for Veterans
Over a dozen volunteers from the Tallahassee, FL Home Depot store banded together, as part of TEAM DEPOT to beautify Tallahassee Veteran’s Village, a Volunteers of America of Florida transitional housing development.
The many generous Home Depot volunteers improved the property by: planting new shrubs, flowers, mulching the property and creating a small floating patio. These efforts will not only improve the visual aspect of the property, but will help create a positive and healing environment for the veterans.
The Volunteers of America of Florida, Tallahassee Veteran’s Village provides safe housing and supportive services that empower formerly homeless veterans to become independent once again. Volunteers of America of Florida strives to provide premier human services and experiences with superior results for individuals and families in need. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable veterans. Nationally, it serves approximately 40,000 veterans each year who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Volunteers of America of Florida is the largest provider of transitional housing for veterans in the state and the third-largest provider in the country.
This volunteer effort is being made possible by a grant provided by The Home Depot Foundation to Volunteers of America of Florida to assist in-need Floridians in the community, specifically Veterans. This volunteer effort is one of the many joint efforts between The Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America of Florida and the Volunteers of America national office. Since beginning its partnership with Volunteers of America in 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has given nearly $10 million to the organization to improve housing solutions for homeless Veterans and their families. The partnership between the two organizations has funded more than 73 veteran housing projects, providing more than 2,500 units for veterans, including more than 400 units specifically for women Veterans and their families in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Washington.
“We are so grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for its commitment to helping homeless and at-risk veterans,” said Volunteers of America of Florida President & CEO Janet Stringfellow. “They share our commitment to ensure that everyone who served our country has a safe place to call home.”.
To learn more about Volunteers of America of Florida please visit www.voaflorida.org.
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.