Posted by Future Without Poverty On November - 9 - 2011 0 Comment

Kendall Brune , PhD Director of Economic Development for FWOP has been  involved in developing an exciting effort in St Louis.

Hundreds of volunteers (424 Volunteers) worked with Rebuild Together-St. Louis to transform a north St. Louis building into a training center for military veterans.

Veterans Front Entrance

Veterans Front Entrance

The former dormitory of St. Louis Christian College was donated by North City Church of Christ and will be run by the Renewable Energy Training Institute, which provides veterans with skills to prepare for civilian life.

Once it is complete, the facility will include a new wheelchair ramp, fencing and new carpet.  It will also have a patio and garden in the back.

Former Marine veteran Charlie Boyd was thrilled with how many volunteers came to help.

“It’s more than we anticipated for the volunteers to do what they are doing,” said Boyd. “It’s just overwhelming and mindboggling as we say in the Marine Corps.”

The effort is part of the Home Depot Foundation’s two month Celebration of Service Campaign which honors military veterans.  It started September 11 and runs through Veterans Day. St. Louis (KSDK) — Hundreds of volunteers worked with Rebuild Together-St. Louis and Mission Continues to transform a north St. Louis building into a training center for military veterans.

Veterans Landscape Team

Veterans Landscape Team

The former dormitory was re-positioned by North City Church of Christ and will be run by the Renewable Energy Training Institute, which provides veterans with skills to prepare for civilian life.  Pastor Robert Lawrence, an Army Veteran himself will serve as the Chaplin to the RETI veterans.

Once it is complete, the facility will include a new wheelchair ramp, fencing and new carpet.  It will also have a patio and healing garden in the back of the dormitory.  The goal is to provide a place of peace, rejuvenation and career training.  Dr. Brune shared that 24 Veterans will cycle through this site every 6 months.  By rehabbing this building, Home Depot has provided 12 private apartment homes for returning veterans.

Former Marine veteran Charlie Boyd was thrilled with how many volunteers came to help.

Veterans Landscaping Side

Veterans Landscaping Side

“It’s more than we anticipated for the volunteers to do what they are doing,” said Boyd. “It’s just overwhelming and mindboggling as we say in the Marine Corps.”

The effort is part of the Home Depot Foundation’s two month Celebration of Service Campaign which honors military veterans.  It started September 11 and runs through Veterans Day.
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