Niagara Gazette

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September 17, 2012

HOMES FOR TROOPS: Area veteran gets a free house

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Schaus was very pleased his family’s company could work on the house. 

“Usually, Home for Troops doesn’t want families to be too involved,” he said. “But they OK’d this, and it’s pretty cool.” 

Homes for Troops was founded in 2004 and assists injured veterans by raising money and construction materials, organizing volunteers, and designing homes for those with life-altering disabilities.

Since its beginning, the organization has built 112 homes for veterans. 20 more are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The nonprofit searches for empty parcels of land suitable for building. Schaus’s new home was made possible through land donations from a NT resident and the city.

Construction on the home began in June, and just a few months later, the work is almost complete. 

“We are putting in floors now,” Buckley said. “And then it’s just the cabinets, countertops and appliances.” 

The work done Saturday helped the property look more like home, and volunteers were happy to help. Ernie Green, pastor at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church just around the corner from the house, said 14 members of the parish took part. 

“He is a neighbor to our church,” Green said. “We just wanted to give thanks for his sacrifice on our behalf.” 

 

 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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