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Home Depot & Volunteers of America step up for veterans!

homeThe Home Depot® Foundation announced a $76,234  grant to Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA). This will address the critical housing needs of so many U.S. military veterans in Massachusetts. This grant is just part of $1.37 million in grants announced for 16 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in 15 cities. Thanks to the generosity of the foundation, these grants will be used to refurbish or build housing for up to 540 homeless veterans, as well as many of their family members.

Volunteers of America Massachusetts is redeveloping a 15,000 square foot three-story brick building located at 1323 Broadway, Somerville, MA. This will create a 29-unit residential program for veterans called The Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center.  The center will increase the availability of affordable alcohol- and drug-free housing in the greater Boston area, providing intervention and recovery treatment.  The design will have seven second-floor units of affordable permanent housing — three studio and four one-bedroom units.   These units will have full kitchens and baths.  The building will also have 22 units of sober transitional housing with one and two person rooms on the garden and first floor levels, some with separate bathrooms and some with shared bathrooms.  Transitional housing units will have a group kitchen, dining facilities, common rooms, counseling rooms, offices, lounges and meeting areas.  Residential units are complimented by expansive common space, program space and offices for individual and group services and program elements supportive of sober living, recovery work and relapse prevention education.

Thomas Bierbaum, Volunteers of America Massachusetts President and CEO stated, “I am incredibly proud to further expand our services to the veterans who have so bravely served our country. We are honored to stand by their side and support them.” Bierbaum added that, “Our approach at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center will allow for a deep and lasting impact on the residents. We are truly honored to receive an award from The Home Depot Foundation.”

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

“Volunteers of America Massachusetts is making a measurable impact every day to help homeless and at-risk veterans,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation.  “They share our commitment to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we are proud that our funding and volunteer assistance will allow them to assist even more veterans and their families.”

In addition to receiving this funding, VOAMA is partnering with Team Depot, Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force. With the team's help, a renovation project will take place at the Hello House for Men program. This program gives help to men struggling with addiction. The new project will create office space to provide counseling and much needed privacy for the residents.

Thank you to the Home Depot® Foundation and the Depot Team for stepping up for veterans in need! Because of you, VOAMA is able to continue with their mission of helping so many local heroes and their families. It would not be possible without the support of Home Depot. Thank you!

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