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Residential program for homeless vets is first beneficiary of service initiative

September 7, 2011
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Home Depot Foundation project assists nonprofits serving veterans

A two-month “Celebration of Service” initiative honoring the contributions of military veterans kicked off late last month with a project benefiting New Directions, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans with substance use disorders and other illnesses.

The Home Depot Foundation is a coordinating organization for the initiative, which will encompass 200 projects designed to improve facilities where veterans and their families reside and receive support. On Aug. 24, the foundation and the nonprofit organization The Mission Continues visited New Directions’ residential program on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center to make over the outdoor spaces in order to accommodate visiting families.

Volunteers were joined in the opening project by famed rock band 3 Doors Down, which is donating $1 from each online sale of its “Time of My Life” CD to the Home Depot Foundation’s programs for veterans.

“The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home,” states an August news release from the foundation.

The Aug. 24 project was designed to brighten the outdoor area where family members of veterans living at the residential program begin the reunification effort with their loved one. The project, which included installation of new play structures for children, sought to “provide the families a small corner of comfort and normalcy as they work to recover and rebuild their lives,” according to the foundation.

New Directions’ services for veterans include substance abuse treatment, remedial education, job training and parenting assistance.

For more information about the Home Depot Foundation’s activities and the Celebration of Service initiative, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

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