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Valor Home closer to opening its doors to vets
Akron veterans shelter will house 30

Laura Fong
Volunteers show how the walls for Valor Home can be built inside the Akron Habitat for Humanity ReStore and be transported to the site already constructed.
Courtesy of Laura Fong
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Summit County’s first home for homeless veterans is getting closer to opening.  The 30-bed shelter in Akron will operate much like Freedom House – a shelter that provides transitional housing for vets in Kent.

Freedom House raises money from the community as well as federal and county agencies.

Matt Slater is the director of veterans’ services at Family and Community Services.   Slater oversees Freedom House, Valor Home in Akron, and a similar project in Lorain.  Construction on Akron’s Valor Home is to start in early December and is being paid for in part by contributions from community groups and corporations.  

“to complete the construction its about half a million-- estimated about halfway there. We’ve also applied for funding through the Federal Home Loan bank.  If we get it, it will provide the matching funds that we need for furniture, computers, all the things we need to make it a home and a program for vets.”

Matt Slater says financial goal is in sight.

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November tenth is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, refreshments included a birthday cake.
Larry Thornton (left) will lead the volunteers who will build the veterans shelter.
Marines from the 3rd Batallion, 25th Marines weapons company of Canton kickoff the day with a retirement of the colors.
Portage County Family and Community Service's Matt Slater.
The $25,000 dollar grant puts Valor Home closer to opening its doors.

Helping with the construction is Habitat for Humanity of Summit County.   

Habitat director Rochelle Fisher says her agency’s national partners have also made in-kind donations of paint and insulation.

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