Change the World 2009: Renovating the St. Louis Home

HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse and Monica Pedersen joined more than 350 volunteers from Rebuilding Together to renovate this home for homeless veterans. The volunteers donated some 3,000 hours on the project.

  • The Windsor Transitional House offers spiritual support, transportation, job placement services and aid for substance abuse for returning veterans. The two-story, four-bedroom home, which is located within walking distance of the John Cochran Veterans' Administration Medical Center, also gives veterans easy access to public transportation, groceries and community resources.
  • In 1994, Desert Storm veteran Hence J. Forland, Jr. bought the home that would become the Windsor Transitional House with the hope of creating a place for veterans to find emergency shelter and transitional housing. After his own experience returning from active duty, Hence wanted to help other veterans in their often difficult transitions back to civilian life.
  • Better ceilings, improved light fixtures and updated windows are on the to-do list.
  • Before: The walls of the house desperately need painting.
  • Volunteers work to remove the old steps.
  • The following images tell a wonderful story of a community coming together to help those who have served our country. HGTV would like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers and local sponsors for making this renovation possible. Together we can Change the World.
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