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Home Depot: Rebuilding our program. Rebuilding hope.

hellohouse-hd2Excitement and bustle filled the air in the old brownstone on Massachusetts Avenue. Volunteers and staff spilled over into the rooms, working together for a good cause.

This month, Home Depot and their volunteer group, “Team Depot” donated their valuable time, equipment and supplies to help renovate parts of the Hello House for Men. Many of the residents at Hello House are veterans just returning from the theatre of war and some are veterans who served our country decades ago.

This Volunteers of America Massachusetts program provides the help needed for men struggling with addiction. The goal of this program is to reintegrate our residents back into the community and their families as sober, fully functioning men who are employed and committed to an ongoing recovery process.

The antique, formal residential building needed a bit of a make-over, but what it needed most was space for privacy and treatment counseling which were extremely limited. With Home Depot’s support, dedication and hard work, Hello House now has two new counseling rooms for residents, along with newly painted offices, staircases and living areas.

hellohouse-hd1Additional counseling rooms were important to the privacy of the residents; the renovation now allows for more counseling sessions to take place at the same time, adding to a speedier and more effective recovery for the residents.

“We are so appreciative of the Home Depot and their staff. Before the renovations, the recovery process for our clients was slowed down. We’re now able to provide the service our residents need and deserve in order to make a full recovery. “Team Depot” is really amazing and we cannot thank them enough,” says Program Director Mike Herron.

hellohouse-hd4More than 15 selfless volunteers stepped up to help with the renovations. Working as a team, they completely revitalized and transformed the program. Because of their efforts, the residents can now walk through the door and truly feel at home.

If it wasn’t for the Home Depot, their team and so many other supporters, Volunteers of America could not continue providing much needed services to help transform the lives of veterans, men and women struggling with addiction, at-risk youth, the elderly, families in need of counseling, and former inmates working on rehabilitation.

Thank you for the support and helping us continue to grow. Without generous people, like “Team Depot,” we would not be here.

To learn more about supporting the Hello House for Men and our other programs please contact Stephanie Paauwe, 617.390.0228 or SPaauwe@voamass.org



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