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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beautification Project Begins for Homeless Veterans Facility in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (October 27, 2011) – As part of The Home Depot Foundation’s “Celebration of Service” initiative to honor U.S. military veterans, approximately 20 volunteers from Team Depot®, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, will provide landscaping and complete other beautification projects grounds on the grounds of Volunteers of America’s Liberty Landing facility for homeless veterans in Fort Wayne

Where: Liberty Landing, 2833 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Volunteers of America of Indiana’s new 49-bed transitional housing facility, serving honorably-discharged veterans from Fort Wayne and
the surrounding area.
Who: Employees of Home Depot Store #2009, working alongside volunteers from the Homes for Wounded Warriors Program (HWWP)
What: Volunteers will remove overgrown trees, plants and shrubbery to prepare the Liberty Landing grounds for new landscaping. They will then plant new
trees, plants, mulch and grass, as well as construct a pave stone retention wall on the property.

“Projects like Liberty Landing are only possible when the community comes together to support them,” Volunteers of America’s President/CEO Tim Campbell said. “Volunteers of America sincerely thanks our friends at The Home Depot Foundation and Fort Wayne Team Depot, as well as the Homes for Wounded Warriors Program, for helping make Liberty Landing a beautiful, welcoming place for the veterans who will reside there.”
Liberty Landing is expected to open later this fall, with a dedication ceremony scheduled December 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to housing, veterans will be provided individualized, strength-based case management services the help them become self-sufficient by linking them with community, employment, housing and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resources.
Team Depot Captain Steve Bratten states, “Team Depot is excited to partner with Volunteers of America of Indiana to improve the community in which we do business by improving the lives of those who have given for us so selflessly. There are many individuals who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances as a direct result of serving our country and it is our duty to do what we can to help them restore their lives. We are proud to partner in this service project with many volunteers from the Homes for Wounded Warriors Program (HWWP).”

ABOUT CELEBRATION OF SERVICE
“Celebration of Service” is a major campaign by The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation to enhance the lives of U.S. military veterans and to highlight the needs and opportunities they face. The campaign includes:
• 200 service projects: In partnership with The Mission Continues, The Home Depot associate-volunteers will be completing 200 service projects directly aimed at improving homes, facilities and community centers where veterans and their families live and receive services.
• $9 million in grants: Each Monday between September 11 and November 11, The Home Depot Foundation will announce grants of approximately $1 million to nonprofits dedicated to veterans’ housing issues.
• A gift card that gives back: When customers purchase this specially-themed Home Depot gift card during Celebration of Service, five percent of the value placed on the card will go to The Home Depot Foundation to support nonprofits dedicated to veterans’ housing needs. Gift cards may be purchased in our stores or online at www.homedepot.com.
• 3 Doors Down: During Celebration of Service, when you buy multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down’s new CD “Time of My Life” from www.homedepot.com, $1 of the sale will go directly to support The Home Depot Foundation’s veterans’ housing initiatives. The music of 3 Doors Down has inspired and comforted veterans, active duty troops and their families for many years
To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation’s commitment to veterans and “Celebration of Service” campaign, please visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

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.

ABOUT THE HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS PROGRAM (HWWP)
Homes for Wounded Warriors Program (HWWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide specially designed new or remodeled homes to Seriously Wounded post 9/11 veterans in order to improve their quality of life through the help of the communities. For more information please visit www.HWWP.org or contact Steve Bratten at steverz70@aol.com.


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