PHOENIX - A hundred volunteers will start and complete a major renovation of a shelter that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet.
The Mana House near 7th Street and McDowell Road houses dozens of homeless vets and provides services for them to get back to work.
The shelter in the old YWCA building is now getting a much needed face lift.
"It needs paint it and the carpet is stained," said Jesse Torres, a team captain with the Home Depot Foundation . "It is amazing what we can do."
The volunteers spent a good portion of Tuesday preparing the building for the work that will take place throughout the day.
The shelter has been at that location for about three years and has been a life-saver for many vets.
Sandra Keeme served in the Navy from 2001 to 2008. She came to MANA house a few months ago.
“I had a job lined up and a place in Prescott," she said. "I got a DUI and wasn't able to complete my plans."
She found herself homeless.
"I didn't actually end up on the street," she said. "But I was what you call 'couch surfing,' or living with various friends here and there for several months."
She came to MANA House in July to rebuild and regain her independence.
Keeme is leaving MANA House now with job potentials in sight.
The shelter is being forced to suspend services to women because of funding constraints.
The shelter will still house about 50 men.
The renovation of the facility is part of the Home Depot Foundation's "Celebration of Service." The campaign is fueling projects like this around the country as part of their "Celebration of Service" which kicked off September 11th and goes through Veterans Day.
The work at MANA House is one of the largest projects in the campaign that will take place in the Valley.
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