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Servant Center empowers veterans, needs help funding program

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Servant Center in Greensboro houses disabled and homeless veterans. The center is the only one of its kind in the Triad area; it provides professional physical and mental health care to vets. The center houses about 20 veterans at a time and, among many things, helps them apply for benefits so they can get back on their feet.

"It kept me off of the street, it kept me from sleeping under the bridge, all the staff people great, they treat you great," said Ernest Blackwell, a veteran who's been at the center for about six months.

Earlier this year the center didn't receive about $50,000 of federal funding they normally get. The community stepped up and raised a lot of that money back, but now Purple Heart Homes is matching all donations up to $10,000 through the end of 2016.

"That will close the shortfall and help us continue operate for the remainder of the year and set us up for next year," explained Shanna Reece, executive director of the Servant Center.

We met Blackwell on Veterans Day. He says the center is giving him the ability to take responsibility of his life and get a fresh start and being there reminds him of all his fellow veterans.

"I think about the ones that are not here, we are blessed to be here. Some of us never did go to war but we were there just in case war and I am proud of the guys that went to war and are still here," he said.