Volunteers make over shelter for homeless veterans

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Dozens of women veterans now have a completely renovated place to call home.

About 100 volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation spent Wednesday remodeling the Madison Street Veterans Association’s MANA House, a shelter for vets who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

At 8 a.m., volunteers, each wearing a classic orange Home Depot T-shirt, crowded outside. Moments after signing in, the group got right to work.

The remodel included everything from painting and replacing countertops to installing new carpet.

The goal is to provide women veterans with the kind of home they deserve.

Among the Home Depot Foundation volunteers was a man in a blue T-shirt, James Owens. He is veteran.

"I've had a lot of working parties in my day,” he said. “I was on a carrier."

Owens has lived at the MANA House for the past few months, and said, helping out Wednesday was his way of showing appreciation for those who have helped him.

"They gave me an opportunity here to come in and change my life,” Owens said. “That's what I'm really happy about."

He's also happy knowing others, too, will have that same chance.

The MANA House makeover is just one of 350 service projects for veteran housing the Home Depot Foundation is currently completing across the country.