HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Nearly 40 local volunteers partnered with 30 Home Depot volunteers to work on the construction of the new veteran's reintegration house.
Home Depot provided a $24,000 grant for materials for the house. On Thursday, a privacy fence, shutters and a porch were worked on.
This is the only veteran reintegration house in Horry County. "It takes it to the next level because this is where we want to prove the need. We fill this house up. When we have people on the waiting list then everybody will say we need more, we need more and we'll try to build another one," said Director of Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center, Kris Tourtellotte. Homeless veterans who are employed and seeking a new start, will be able to stay in the house for free.
Half of the shelter will be designated for female veterans. "We had a number of women that were homeless to come in for Stand Down. There is a huge need for women with a couple of kids that really need a place to stay and there is really no other place for them to stay. I am suspecting that it will be fifty-percent women," Tourtellotte said.