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Fort Wayne homeless shelter for vets gets $88,892 grant

Statement issued Monday by the Volunteers of America of Indiana:

As part of its "Celebration of Service" initiative to honor U.S. military veterans, The Home Depot® Foundation today announced a $88,892 grant to Indianapolis-based Volunteers of America of Indiana to address the critical housing needs of U.S. military veterans. This grant is part of almost $750,000 in grants announced today for 11 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in 10 cities. These programs will provide new transitional housing for 242 veterans and eight single-family homes for lease or lease-purchase by veterans.

Volunteers of America of Indiana is proud to announce the opening of Liberty Landing, a 49-bed transitional housing facility, serving honorably-discharged homeless veterans from the Fort Wayne and surrounding area. The facility will be located at 2833 South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition to housing, the agency will provide individualized, strength-based case management services to veterans to assist them to attain their self-sufficiency goals by linking them with community, employment, housing and Veterans Affairs resources. This will be combined with group educational interventions that will help building their vocational, recovery, relationship, financial literacy and overall life skills. The facility is scheduled to open in November 2011.

Timothy R. Campbell, President/CEO of the Indiana affiliate states, "We share the Home Depot Foundation's concern for our nation's military veterans. The men and women of our armed forces have given generously of themselves to preserve the freedom we cherish so greatly. Volunteers of America of Indiana is honored to work alongside the Home Depot Foundation in securing safe and decent housing for all veterans in the Hoosier state."

Nationally, Volunteers of America serves more than 7,700 homeless veterans each year through 35 programs in 15 states.

Each Monday between September 11 and Veterans Day (November 11), The Home Depot Foundation will announce approximately $1 million in grants to veterans' initiatives for a total of $9.1 million. Grants announced during "Celebration of Service" are part of The Home Depot Foundation's commitment of $30 million over three years to veterans' housing needs.

"The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and the services provided by Volunteers of America affiliates are essential to fulfilling that goal," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. "We are impressed by the quality of work being done by Volunteers of America of Indiana, and we hope that our assistance will allow them to serve even more veterans and their families."

In addition to receiving funding, Volunteers of America affiliates will potentially be supported by Team Depot, the Company's associate-led volunteer force.

ABOUT CELEBRATION OF SERVICE

"Celebration of Service" is a major campaign by The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation to enhance the lives of U.S. military veterans and to highlight the needs and opportunities they face. The campaign includes:

200 service projects: In partnership with The Mission Continues, The Home Depot associate-volunteers will be completing 200 service projects directly aimed at improving homes, facilities and community centers where veterans and their families live and receive services.

$9 million in grants: Each Monday between September 11 and November 11, The Home Depot Foundation will announce grants of approximately $1 million to nonprofits dedicated to veterans' housing issues

A gift card that gives back: When customers purchase this specially-themed Home Depot gift card during Celebration of Service, five percent of the value placed on the card will go to The Home Depot Foundation to support nonprofits dedicated to veterans' housing needs. Gift cards may be purchased in our stores or online at www.homedepot.com.

3 Doors Down: During Celebration of Service, when you buy multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down's new CD "Time of My Life" from www.homedepot.com, $1 of the sale will go directly to support The Home Depot Foundation's veterans' housing initiatives. The music of 3 Doors Down has inspired and comforted veterans, active duty troops and their families for many years

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation's commitment to veterans and "Celebration of Service" campaign, please visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Learn more at www.voa.org.

ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION

The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home. In April 2011, the Foundation pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans' critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

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