LOCKPORT, N.Y.- Dozens of volunteers came together on September 11 to take part in a nationwide effort to create safe homes for veterans.
The construction was the result of a joint effort between Home Depot, The Service Collaborative of WNY and S.E.R.V. Niagara, which works to support veterans in Niagara County. According to S.E.R.V. founder Jennifer D'Andrea-Terreri, Niagara County has the highest concentration of veterans per capita in the state.
"We're opening up Niagara County's first veteran exclusive housing, and we're opening because there is a great need for it here," D'Andrea-Terreri said.
About 70 people from the Home Depot volunteered in the effort, and also brought a check for $31,000.
"Being in the military, this kind of stuff hit home. I have a lot friends that went overseas. I have a lot of friends who are struggling with P.T.S.D., can't get on their feet, so helping our community so close to home, right here, and the Home Depot doing it on top of that, it's just something great for us to do," Libby Aday, a Home Depot volunteer said.
For other volunteers, it's a way of helping those who helped them.
"[I'm] free to do this because of them, so when they come home and need us, we should be there for them," D'Andrea-Terreri