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What's there:

When Joe came to the Eddie Beard Veterans Home (EBVH) in 1995, he was homeless and mentally ill and had substance-abuse issues. After receiving intensive support services for four months, he improved so much that the staff helped him find his own apartment. Today Joe owns his own home, is pursuing a master's degree in addiction counseling at Northeastern University and is employed as a caseworker in the Homeless Veteran's Reintegration Program for EBVH.

EBVH supports hundreds of veterans like Joe as they find their paths in life, offering the counseling, education and job-placement services that homeless veterans need to become self sufficient. At EBVH, there are many successes just like Joe each year.

What's needed:

The 1953 three-story building that houses the Eddie Beard Veterans Home needs:

  • Energy-efficient repairs and accessibility modifications.
  • First-floor office space transformed into a disabled-accessible bedroom.
  • Broken windows replaced with new energy-efficient models.
  • Kitchen updates, including additional cabinet space.

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