Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Nearly 100 volunteers from The Home Depot and The Mission Continues teamed up to make some much-needed renovations and repairs to the facilities of Crisis Ministries, a nonprofit organization which provides food and shelter to end homelessness and hunger in the Charleston, S.C. area. Crisis Ministries partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide supportive housing and other services to assist homeless veterans and their families. Since 2004, Crisis Ministries has sheltered 661 veterans and helped them transition successfully into civilian life.
Volunteers focused their efforts on the following projects:
- Volunteers turned outside area where veterans and their families visit and relax into a courtyard complete with 750 square feet of weatherproof tiles and raised garden beds. The herbs and vegetables harvested from the garden beds will be used by Crisis Ministries’ soup kitchen.
- Volunteers mulched and landscaped along the side of the building and built additional raised garden beds for planting flowers.
- The building was pressure washed and weather stripping was applied to all doors and windows to increase energy efficiency and lower monthly utility bills.
This effort to support Crisis Ministries is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s two-month ‘Celebration of Service’, a campaign to honor U.S. military veterans, celebrate their contributions and provide support to nonprofit organizations that serve them. Along with veteran volunteers from The Mission Continues, Home Depot associate volunteers will complete 200 service projects across the country between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2011).