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Work to begin on veterans center in Strasburg

By Alex Bridges

An effort to turn a Strasburg home into a center for military veterans keeps moving forward.

Representatives with the Disabled Veterans Committee on Housing met with Richard and Amy Lee on Thursday at the office of Strasburg attorney Douglas Arthur to sign a contract for the sale of property owned by the couple at 358 S. Massanutten St.

The organization plans to renovate the large house and turn the building into a center for homeless veterans or those at risk of losing their homes. The center would serve as a place for veterans to stay on a temporary basis, receive assistance in acclimating to civilian life and to find more permanent housing.

John Lewandowski, founder and chairman of the board for the organization, said signing the contract allows his group to enter the building and to begin the renovations.

Lewandowski said he can't divulge specific information in the contract, including the price for the property. Lewandowski said the Lees gave the organization a fair price for a building of its size. The estimated closing date of the sale is not yet determined.

The organization recently received a grant from the Home Depot Foundation's Celebration of Service -- an initiative aimed at preventing homelessness among veterans.

Team Home Depot, a part of the hardware and furnishings company, has joined the organization's effort and plans to supply volunteer labor and materials for the project. Lewandowski said he's asked Team Home Depot to bring 30 volunteers to the site Oct. 5 to begin work on the project. The organization plans to raise funds to cover the cost of the property and the ensuing renovations.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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