Roy Gilbert

Valor Home prepares to expand, add 12 units in Lorain

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More help is coming to Lorain for veterans in need. On Sept. 28, Valor Home staff, residents and supporters gathered to break ground for a dozen new transitional housing units for female and male veterans. They also launched the Hope for Heroes Campaign, an effort to raise the final $212,500 needed to pay for the project, which will cost about $1.1 million. Ravenna-based Family & Community Services Inc. began planning Valor Home in 2010, said Matt Slater, director of veterans services for the group. After several years of work, the project came together, opening in December 2014 with 30 units in 221 W. 21st St. On Sept. 28, 2019, Valor Home supporters came out for a groundbreaking and fundraiser campaign launch to pay for 12 additional units of transitional housing for veterans in need. The day included a ceremonial groundbreaking for eight new units in the Central Lorain Professional Building, 2100 Reid Ave., which sits across the street from Valor Home, 221 W. 21st St., Lorain. “This community always rises to the occasion,” Slater said. “This is what it takes to create actual solutions to problems that sometimes seem intractable, like homelessness.” Slater asked the audience members to look at who was there. The group had high school students from the Aces, or Achievement through Community Education and Support, teen leadership program. Team Depot, made up of Home Depot staff, and Lorain store manager Scott Sypniewski presented a check for $150,000 from the home improvement supply company. Valor Home […]

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