Volunteers remodel home for veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 25, 2015) – Volunteers spent the day sprucing up a home for veterans on the city’s east side.

More than two dozen Home Depot employees rolled up their sleeves and got to work at Lyter House, which is home to six veterans.  Lyter House is one of 15 properties owned by the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) to provide transitional housing to veterans who would otherwise be homeless.

Volunteers started arriving at the house in the 400 block of South Arlington Avenue before sunrise to start improving the condition of the 75-year-old structure.

“We are replacing all the carpet that was in here with vinyl flooring that’s going to be a whole lot easier to maintain,” said Bob Blake, Home Depot district manager.

For veterans like Christopher Majors, having a warm place to sleep at night makes a big difference. He found refuge at Lyter House and has been living there for a few weeks.

“After a hard day of looking for work and sometimes striking out, it’s a place out of the weather,” Majors said. “It’s a big blessing because it allows me to gather myself and reposition myself for the next morning because I’m aggressively looking for work.”

Debra Des Vignes, from HVAF, said the foundation offers transitional housing to about 200 veterans in Indianapolis.

“There are a lot of homeless veterans, especially in the colder months,” Des Vignes said. “They’re thankful to be out from the streets or a day shelter.”

Volunteers took it upon themselves to breathe new life into an old structure so veterans are more comfortable.

“It means a lot to give back to people who served our country,” Blake said.

There were so many people who wanted to help out with the project that some volunteers had to be turned away due to space restrictions inside Lyter House.

By the afternoon, new flooring replaced outdated carpeting, walls got a fresh coat of paint and the kitchen was revamped.

“This is their day off - not a lot of people are willing to do this on their day off,” said Des Vignes regarding the volunteers. “We’re just so excited they’re here doing this for us.”