Home Depot Foundation Announces $7,870 Grant to Volunteers of America of Indiana to Help Homeless Veterans in Indianapolis

Local funds part of almost $1.4 million in grants announced for Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs nationwide

Indianapolis, In. (June 20, 2012) – The Home Depot® Foundation recently announced a $7,870 grant to Indianapolis-based Volunteers of America of Indiana to address the critical housing needs of U.S. military veterans. This grant is part of $1.37 million in grants announced for 16 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in 15 cities. These grants will be used to refurbish or build housing for up to 540 homeless veterans, as well as many of their family members.

Grant funds in Indianapolis will be used to upgrade and enhance the 38 bed dormitories that house veterans at Brandon Hall, located at 611 North Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis, In.  The primary goal of the Brandon Hall Veterans Program is to shelter and feed the honorably discharged homeless male veterans in a safe residential setting.  Along with transitional housing, the program also provides individualized, strengths-based case management to each veteran.  Staff members assist the veterans with attaining their self-sufficiency goals by linking them with community, employment, permanent housing and veteran affairs resources.  Home Depot grant funds will be used to replace appliances, install energy-efficient lighting and remodel shower facilities.

President/CEO Tim Campbell states, “Volunteers of America of Indiana is honored to work with those who have served our nation so faithfully.  This award from the Home Depot Foundation will greatly enhance the residential environment of the veterans residing at Brandon Hall.”

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

“Volunteers of America of Indiana 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 funding, Volunteers of America affiliates will potentially be supported by Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.  Learn more at www.voa.org.

ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION

The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home.  In April 2011, the Foundation pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans’ critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities.  To learn more and see our associates in action, visit
www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

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Media Contact
Mary Leffler
Volunteers of America of Indiana
mleffler@voain.org
317-686-9871

Catherine Woodling
The Home Depot Foundation
Catherine_Woodling@HomeDepot.com
(770)-384-2304