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Shepherd's House prepares to open new facility

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 7:30 am

Shepherd's House's new transitional home for veterans, 1650 Spy Run Ave., is within two weeks of completion.

Wednesday morning, employees from the Home Depot in Auburn were on hand doing some landscaping. Store Manager Todd Finan said Lonnie Cox, executive director of Shepherd's, had come to the store looking for donations for the project several months ago. Finan applied for a grant through the Home Depot company and was able to get a grant for about $10,000, which purchased the doors, cabinets and living-room furnishings.

“Grants like this are one of the ways Home Depot gives back to the community,” Finan said.

Inside the rehabbed building are six bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room area and a workout room in the basement with weights and weight machines. New warm- colored tile on the floors and freshly painted white walls make for an open, airy feel.

Cox said the new facility will house up to six veterans who are in transition from the two-year program at Shepherd's House main facility around the corner at 519 Tennessee Ave. It will provide them with a place to live as well as keeping them connected to the program while they establish themselves in the working world.

Cox said eventually he would like to have graduates from the program rehab houses that they could later own. This, however, is still in the future, and definite plans are still being worked out.

Shepherd's House was founded in 1998 to offer safe housing to homeless individuals struggling with alcoholism or chemical dependencies. Currently it houses 41 individuals. For the past two years it has been working on expanding services so it can house additional individuals in need.