(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A crew of 150 volunteers and experts have descended on a local shelter for women veterans and their children with aims of making sure that it a more pleasant place to stay.

The rehab project at WestCare’s Women and Children’s Campus on West Duncan Road, off Rancho, is part of a Home Depot Foundation effort. The project, involving dozens of cities nationwide, is based on a 2012 study that showed more than 62,000 veterans are homeless on any given day, and is aimed to make sure veterans have a place to call home.

Home Depot Foundation has dedicated $80 million to such rehab projects over a five year period.

Foundation spokeswoman Heather Pritchard tells KXNT in an interview that the WestCare center project involves the renovation of 10 bedrooms, six bathroom,s living areas, and an 86-foot hallway. The indoor work included new flooring, baseboards, light fixtures and paint. Outside, landscaping is taking place, and children clients of the center were helping in painting sandboxes.

Attending the project’s work on Wednesday were Fred Wacker, the Director and COO of the Home Depot Foundation, Heather Frost of WestCare, and Heather Gore, a Team Depot Captain.

Nationally, more than 9,000 company associates are completing over 300 projects to ensure all veterans have a safe place to call home.

The Las Vegas effort is part of the Foundation’s third annual Celebration of Service campaign, an initiative that stretches from September 11th through Veterans Day.



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