May 23 at 8:00am

Home Depot Foundation and Volunteers Set To Spruce Up Veterans Quarters

Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, is one of several organizations in the county to be selected by the Home Depot Foundation for its 2013 Community Building Invitational.

On June 5, 2013, around 100 volunteers from area Home Depot stores and its vendor partners will spend a day of service fixing up the three veterans housing complexes on Division Street in Oceanside.

On that day, more volunteers will work on other projects around San Diego County.

Beginning early in the morning, the volunteers at the Division Street units will change window coverings to provide more privacy for the veteran residents, redo pantry cabinets, replace ceiling fans, install shelving in laundry rooms, storage areas and bedrooms and bring in furniture for some of the units.

They will also help with landscaping and will fix and install some fencing and barbecue grills, among other projects.

In all, the value of the materials and labor provided by the foundation and its vendors is estimated to be between $48,000 and $75,000.

“Sometimes prayers do get answered,” said Bernard Gabriel, director of Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a program of Interfaith Community Services. “They told us that a lot of what we do they really love. … It’s a big savings for Interfaith Communty Services.”

“Sometimes prayers do get answered,” said Bernard Gabriel, director of Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a program of Interfaith Community Services. “They told us that a lot of what we do they really love. … It’s a big savings for Interfaith Communty Services.”

Each year, the Home Depot Foundation holds a three-day service event in cities across the country. About 600 volunteers are expected to participate in the June 5 projects organized by Interfaith, America Legion Post 149 in Escondido, Habitat for Humanity San Diego and Volunteers of America Southwest.

Interfaith Community Services provides a wide range of programs to help hungry, homeless, and low-income people in North San Diego County. Programs include food and basic needs, shelters and housing, employment services, family and social services, children and youth programs, senior services, veterans programs, and addiction recovery. Each program is designed to “help people help themselves,” by empowering individuals to regain self-sufficiency.