WHAT: On Wednesday, July 13th from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., The Home Depot Foundation will team up with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries to revamp Transformation Village, a transitional living facility for women and children experiencing homelessness.
Nearly 300 volunteers led by Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, will revamp the outdoor area to give the women and children who live there a comfortable and enjoyable space to spend time. They will build three new playgrounds for the children, install sod for a new ball field, build raised garden beds and create seating and shade structures for the 24-acre property. They will also work with Paws4People, a local service dog organization, to build dozens of dog beds for children with disabilities and veterans battling PTSD.
Since it opened in 2021, Transformation Village has served more than 250 women and children, including 25 female veterans experiencing homelessness. Residents live on site for anywhere from several months to two years and are offered training and education opportunities from AB Tech Community College, which is co-located on the campus.
Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates are veterans or military spouses. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested $400 million in veteran causes. Over the past 10 years, The Home Depot Foundation has helped renovate and enhance more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities, ensuring more of our nation’s heroes have a safe, comfortable place to call home that fits their individual needs. As a company that values service, The Home Depot is honored to help support community members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
WHAT: Volunteer projects will include:
- Building three new playgrounds
- Installing new ball field/park area
- Building raised garden beds
- Building picnic tables, benches and shade structures
- General landscaping
- Building 50+ dog beds for Paws4People
WHO: Spokespeople available for interviews include:
- Shannon Gerber, Executive Director, The Home Depot Foundation
- Hope Jensen, The Home Depot Foundation [Onsite contact: 404-372-1831]
- Rev. Caleb Bradshaw, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries
- Residents who are currently going through the program
WHERE: Transformation Village, 45 Rocky Ridge Rd. Asheville, NC 28806
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 13th from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
CONTACT: For more information, please contact:
- Hope Jensen, The Home Depot Foundation, 404-372-1831
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundationworks to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, support communities impacted by natural disasters and train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025 and $50 million in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople through the Path to Pro program. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit HomeDepotFoundation.organd follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and on Facebook and Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.
About Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Transformation Village
ABCCM provides 100 beds of transitional housing and 6 beds for emergency shelter. Transforming lives is through four developmental phases called Steps to Success. These include stabilization with all the basic necessities provided; life skills training with 24 volunteer courses per month to choose from including Bible studies; education and professional training certifications that lead to living wage jobs; and reintegration that leads to permanent housing. We are honored to report that 8 out of 10 leave us with a living wage job and permanent housing.