Home remodeling help for homeless female veterans - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Home remodeling help for homeless female veterans

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • Ex-NFL QB Max Hall arrested near Arizona hometown

    Ex-NFL QB Max Hall arrested near Arizona hometown

    Authorities say former NFL quarterback Max Hall has been accused of shoplifting and narcotics possession near his Arizona hometown.
    Authorities say former NFL quarterback Max Hall has been accused of shoplifting and narcotics possession near his Arizona hometown.
  • Businesses named ISIS debate name change over terror group

    Businesses named ISIS debate name change over terror group

    When you hear the name ISIS the terror group, and it's violent and ruthless acts come to mind. But ISIS is also the name used by hundreds of businesses across the country including some in the valley.
    When you hear the name ISIS the terror group, and it's violent and ruthless acts come to mind. But ISIS is also the name used by hundreds of businesses across the country including some in the valley.
  • Bullhead City Police searching for missing 8-year-old girl

    Bullhead City Police searching for missing 8-year-old girl

    Police in Bullhead City are receiving help from the FBI and the National Center for Missing Exploited children after a child went missing early Tuesday morning.Authorities are searching for 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, who was last seen wearing a green tank top and dark colored shorts.
    Police in Bullhead City are receiving help from the FBI and the National Center for Missing Exploited children after a child went missing early Tuesday morning.Authorities are searching for 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, who was last seen wearing a green tank top and dark colored shorts.
PHOENIX -

They served our country, now our community is serving them. Volunteers just got done with remodeling the Mana House, a place that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet.

From putting up shelves to installing new mirrors and shower heads, volunteers are turning the old YWCA into a home.

"You know it's like getting a brand new pair of shoes or a brand new car, you know, you're so excited about new stuff. It just lifts your spirits in general," says Tony Motley, Madison Street Veteran's Association.

So this remodel could go a long way in helping female vets rebuild their lives.

"What we want to do is create an environment where they can relax. They've been on the street trying to fend for themselves, watching their back constantly, so what we want to do is we want an environment that's soothing for them so they can deescalate."

The ladies have been keeping their stuff in filing cabinets. Home Depot donated a bunch of dressers -- the little things so they can feel at home so they can start rebuilding their foundation and rebuilding their lives.

"One of my main goals was to give them something to call their own, a dresser, someplace to put their knickknacks and stuff. They feel more comfortable having a place to stay," says Jesse Torres, Team Depot captain.

Vets who end up here at the Mana House are struggling with mental health issues and addiction. They couldn't quite make the transition from war to home on their own.

"What we're trying to do here is get the facility vamped up and ready for our Iraq and Afghanistan vets that are coming home," says Motley.

Motley says most vets spend about 6 months at the Mana House, and when they leave, they have a job, they've got income, and money in their savings account.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices