WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Too many of our nation's war heroes are coming back from the front-lines only to be left homeless on our streets. It's a heartbreaking thing to see: homeless servicemen and women in shelters, woods and under bridges.
Whole Man Ministries in Forsyth County has partnered with several contractors and to do their part to help. WFMY News 2 told you on 9/11 about the "Homes For Our Heroes" project which is working to revitalize homes for Winston-Salem homeless veterans.
When we visited, only exterior work was being done because of lead inside the homes. Now, EME Industrial Services has stepped up to take care of the lead abatement and keep the project going.
"It's very important because you're ridding the community of a poison and lead hazard,' said Robert Meighen, a project manager with EME Industrial Services in Greensboro. "I appreciate being part of this and I hope it does really do something. It needs to spread out." EME industrial services is just one of the many volunteers donating services and time to get the five homes on Cameron Avenue NE back in livable condition for the veterans in Winston-Salem.
Workers have been putting in 10-hour days since Thursday and hope to be done by tomorrow.
After that, other contractors will come in and continue revitalizing the homes until they are ready to house 10 veterans (each home is a duplex).
"They were called to duty and they served their time so when they come back and don't have a place it really breaks my heart. So, whatever we can do to help out homeless veterans and homelessness as a whole is a great thing," said Kenneth Holly with Whole Man Ministries. According to Holly, the first home could be ready by November 11th 2013.
Right now, they need windows and are asking anyone in the community with who can, to donate those or any other services. Community members who wish to volunteer time or donate any item for the project can e-mail Veterans@wholemanministries.com or You can visit their website:wholemanministries.com/veterans