FOX News Phoenix: Volunteers Help Renovate Home for Veterans

Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012

PHOENIX – It’s not a hand out — it’s a hand up. More than 150 volunteers joined together Wednesday to renovate a multi-unit complex for veterans.

Grand Veterans Village is specifically meant for the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces but have fallen on tough times.

Today, it got more newly refurbished apartments that a veteran-in-need can call home.

Some fresh paint, a new floor, maybe even a new fixture or two… more than a hundred volunteers swooped down on an old motel near downtown Phoenix.

They were there to help rehab the rooms that will become apartments for veterans who have fallen on tough times.

“The idea you know is to just get them off street with a roof over their head, give ‘em some food and employment services if that’s what they’re looking for,” says Barbara Mikkelsen of U.S. Vets.

The volunteers came from companies like Home Depot, Glidden Paint and Intel. All of them we talked to had a very specific reason for lending a hand.

“It’s a great occasion to support the troops that are supporting us out there fighting for our freedom,” says volunteer Ken Zordani.

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