Opportunity Center for the Homeless gets facelift

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Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:24pm

The Veteran's Opportunity Center for the homeless in Downtown El Paso got a facelift. Home Depot made an 18 thousand dollar donation to fix the old structures and furniture.

Dozens of volunteers and organizations joined to help veterans in El Paso, this donation will contribute by providing homeless veterans a comfortable place to live just days before veteran's day.

Tony Pappas is one of the 20 veterans living at this center. He arrived several months ago after losing his job, like many others he faced the reality of being homeless.

"I’m homeless for the first time in my life I'm accustomed to always having a job I worked in engineering and always having a home," Pappas said.

Tony found a home in the opportunity veteran’s center in El Paso after a long struggle. This center organization provides homeless veterans a place to stay and gives them a chance to rebuild their lives.

"We assist in to transition in to their own apartment we try to assist them in getting them to school getting them to finding employment," center case manager Jesus Vasquez said.

In an effort to make veterans like tony feel really at home, Home Depot is donating and repairing several rooms in the center.

"We are improving a kitchen area a dining area and an outdoor space to give them comfortable space out here we're also doing flooring and some painting projects inside," Home Depot general store manager Marshall Ellis said.

Other volunteers say this shows how the community can come together to support our veterans and the importance of caring for them.

"Every time there's something to be done for our veterans lets help them out let’s do whatever we can for them and that's one way we won’t forget them," volunteer Manuel Acosta said.

"They’re gonna make life better for myself and for everyone else that lives here thank you so very much," Pappas concluded.

Officials at the center say 20 veterans are currently living in the shelter and there's already a waiting list for others who want to live there. The renovations are expected to be complete by next week.

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