Volunteers and Workers from Rockford’s Home Depot are getting out their paint brushes to remodel this former foreclosed home.
“I met with the executive director of the housing authority who is going to basically give the house to the veterans drop in center to use as their facility,” says Home Depot Employee Chad Forrester.
The drop-in center is a location where veterans can receive counseling and help with paper work from government agencies. Home Depot is moving the drop-in center to this location, because the old one at the Jubilee Center on Church and Park Street is limited. A 33k dollar grant is making the move possible. “That supplied all the materials that we needed to take care of the renovation.
All of the labor were donated by associates and a couple of veterans were out here working on the project,” says Forrester.And local veterans like Ken Johnson is looking forward to seeing the finished product. “We don’t have to share the amount of time. So it’s going to be a big asset and taking this empty home and turning this into something that’s worth while for the community and this neighborhood is a great thing,” says Army Vet Ken Johnson.
And as volunteers continue painting the picture for this new home for veterans Forester says being able to help veterans in need is his labor of love.
“Community involvement is a huge piece of what we do at home depot. Giving back to the nations veterans is kind of ingrained in our culture,” says Forrester. “This is a great asset for this neighborhood and for the city of Rockford’s veterans,” says Johnson.
The new location will be at 1539 South Fourth street. The hours will be from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm. Once they get new volunteers they plan to be open earlier.