WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The project Homes 4 Our Heroes--committed to refurbishing houses for homeless veterans--received a $15,000 check Friday morning from Wells Fargo.
Whole Man Ministries pastor Barry Washington, who spearheaded the project with the support of his church, said the company's generous contribution will allow construction to continue on the refurbishing of five duplexes on Cameron Avenue in Winston-Salem.
Saturday, June 21, Homes 4 Our Heroes held a successful 5k run, at which 400 people (including 200 runners and 30 to 40 veterans) ran and raised money for the project.
Homes 4 Our Heroes launched two years ago. Initially, the goal was for the houses to be finished and ready for veterans to move into them on Veterans Day 2013. But, Washington said a lead abatement and rotted floor joists caused unforeseen setbacks and a stretched budget, which has been reliant on community donations.
Construction resumed in late May of 2014, with assistance from a growing number of company sponsors and community volunteers.
When complete, the houses will be homes to at least 10 currently homeless veterans (and their families) in the Triad community.
Washington compared the unexpected renovation problems as a positive affirmation of why the project even exists. "In the homes, I see a character of a homeless veteran," he said.
Whole Man Ministries rev. Kenneth Holly further reiterated the houses are one step toward curbing the population of homeless veterans in the community. According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of the country's homeless population is veterans, and more than 57,000 veterans are without homes every night.
The homes are set to be complete by November 11, 2014--Veterans Day. Homeless veterans have not yet been chosen to live in the houses, but Washington said two are working on the project. In doing so, they are learning a skill set while receiving a small stipend.
To donate to Homes 4 Our Heroes, visit the page on Whole Man Ministries' website.