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July 11, 2012

Foundation's grant to help homeless veterans

The Home Depot Foundation recently announced that a $7,870 grant has been awarded to Indianapolis-based Volunteers of America of Indiana to address the critical housing needs of U.S. military veterans.

The grant is part of $1.37 million in grants announced for 16 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in 15 cities. The funds will be used to refurbish or build housing for up to 540 homeless veterans, as well as many of their family members.

Grant funds in Indianapolis will be used to upgrade and enhance the 38-bed dormitories that house veterans at Brandon Hall, 611 N. Capitol Ave. The primary goal of the Brandon Hall Veterans Program is to shelter and feed honorably discharged homeless male veterans in a safe residential setting.

Along with transitional housing, the program also provides individualized, strengths-based case management to each veteran. Staff members assist the veterans with attaining their self-sufficiency goals by linking them with community, employment, permanent housing, and veteran affairs resources.

Home Depot grant funds will be used to replace appliances, install energy-efficient lighting, and remodel shower facilities.

Nationally, Volunteers of America serves more than 7,700 homeless veterans each year through 35 programs in 15 states.

In addition to receiving funding, Volunteers of America affiliates will potentially be supported by Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer force.

For more information, visit the websites voa.org or homedepotfoundation.org.

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