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Builders renovate local facility for homeless veterans

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Builders renovate local facility for homeless veterans

CREATED Dec 1, 2012

Reporter: Justin Schecker

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Homeless veterans serve our country and return without a place to call home. But they are not forgotten.

Members of the Arizona Builders' Alliance (ABA) offered their time, money, and talent from Wednesday to Saturday to renovate a local housing facility for homeless veterans. 

The volunteers repaired Esperanza en Escalante, a transitional housing facility located next to the Davis-Monathan Air Force Base 

"These guys don't have places to stay and facilities like this help them get back on their feet and move on, so I felt like this was a great project for us to participate in," said volunteer William McClure. 

McClure's company Arizona Electrical Solutions recently joined the ABA and this was his first volunteer project. McClure and his co-workers repaired electrical circuits.

In addition to the construction inside the homes, the volunteers built a brand new dog park. 

"Once the men found out that we're putting in a dog park, they started thinking about their dogs and their future," said Tom Dunn, Director for Southern Arizona of the ABA. "A lot of these guys thought they didn't have a future...but its those small steps that can really help bring them back.>            

Esperanza en Escalante Executive Director Phyllis Russell told 9 On Your Side the veterans cannot thank the volunteers enough.

"It just really boosts everyone's spirits and morale to know that so many people are here to help and to care about what happens to them," Russell said. "Three of the guys are temporarily staying in one of the family units. They are very anxious to get moved back into their house."

When they move back in, the veterans will find clean floors and brand new custom cabinets. 

The ABA told 9 On Your Side more than 200 members helped with the repairs, which cost about $100,000.