Veteran steps forward to help other vets in need

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Lee Conner, a veteran, recently worked to renovate a shelter for homeless vets in Richmond.

“There are too many still on the street and I’m hoping that this will take a lot of them off,” explained Conner.

That’s the goal of the newly renovated shelter in the basement of for Liberation Veterans Services.

“We know that on any given day there are more than 700-people who are homeless in our region,” said Kelly King Horne, the executive director of Homeward.

“There are too many still on the street and I’m hoping that this will take a lot of them off.”

Horne added that that number is too high.

The 6,500 square foot facility will now serve an additional 30 homeless vets. But it didn’t get like this overnight.

The building had an accumulation of over 100 years of trash and junk in this basement.

In addition, the bathrooms had to be torn out — and revamped. In all, it was a major collaboration of resources.

“It’s been about a year in the making,” said Conner. “So it’s time to relax and move on.”

Conner added that this was a community effort that reached farther than Richmond. In fact, they had volunteers come from North Carolina to assist.

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