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Local Volunteer Effort Part of Nationwide Commitment to Improving Homes and Lives of Veterans

 On Thursday, April 26, The Home Depot Foundation will partner with Southwest Solutions to refurbish Piquette Square for Veterans, which provides permanent supportive housing to 150 formerly homeless veterans in Detroit. Piquette Square is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, offering affordable housing, counseling, job services and more to those who served. Piquette residents express ownership and pride in their home, which opened in 2010, but the campus and individual apartments could use ongoing refurbishing to continue providing the highest quality of living.

Volunteers will transform the computer lab to encourage veterans to learn new skills, apply for jobs and coordinate benefit services. The facility’s kitchen will undergo renovations with new appliances to better cater meals and events.  In addition, Piquette Square’s courtyard will receive a complete landscaping update to promote fellowship among veterans enjoying the outdoors. More than 50 members of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, will complete the work on their day off.

 

This project in Detroit is part of The Home Depot’s ongoing efforts to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and is a continuation of a years-long local relationship with Piquette Square. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 37,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the country. Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military.

 

Volunteer projects will include:

  • Installing new flooring
  • Replacing kitchen appliances including new stoves, refrigerator and dishwasher
  • Landscaping and mulching
  • Painting individual apartment rooms

WHO:  Spokespeople available for interviews include:

  • Marcus Cobb, veteran resident
  • Dave Ross, The Home Depot [On-Site Contact: 248-229-6916]
  • Chery Allen, Manager of Volunteer Services, Southwest Solutions

WHERE: 6221 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48202

 

WHEN:  Thursday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

CONTACTS:

 

About The Home Depot Foundation 

The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters.

 

Since 2011, the Foundation has invested nearly a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 37,000 veteran homes and facilities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and members of the Atlanta Westside community.

 

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

 

About Southwest Solutions

For almost 50 years, Southwest Solutions has pursued its mission to help build a stronger and healthier community in southwest Detroit and beyond. The nonprofit organization provides more 50 programs and partnerships in the areas of human development, economic development and resident engagement. These three areas together form a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization effort that helps more than 20,000 a year.

 

To learn more about Southwest Solutions, visit swsol.org and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/southwestsolutions, Twitter @SWSolDetroit, and LinkedIn at Southwest Solutions.

 

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