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Houses being renovated for homeless veterans in the Triad

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With the help of volunteers and donations, a Triad non-profit organization is working to transform a Winston-Salem neighborhood block along Cameron Avenue, to provide housing for homeless veterans.

The Homes for Our Heroes Project is renovating five homes to provide both multi-family housing and single family homes to veterans who don’t have a place to call their own.

Two of the homes will be available for qualified low-income families.

The group behind the project, Whole Man Ministries of North Carolina, has collected donations from companies like Home Depot and welcomes volunteers weekly to help with construction, many of whom are homeless veterans themselves.

Rev. Kenneth Holly, Director of Operations with Whole Man Ministries, says the five houses were built with handmade bricks back in the 1930s so it was important to keep the original structure of the homes that were desperately in need of new electrical, plumbing and flooring.

Holly says the deterioration of the homes has caused neighbors to move out of the area. He says that since the group has come in and started renovations, he’s seen people return to the area, and begin to fix up neighboring properties.

The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded Whole Man Ministries $15,000 for the project, but the group continues to collect donations and welcome volunteers.

For more information, visit www.wholemanministries.com.

The five homes are expected to be completed by mid-November 2014.

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