By: Cole Miller
Their mission is simple: offer a temporary home for veterans looking to get back on their feet. Now, they're celebrating their one-year anniversary with a new location.
It's a little rough on the eyes and needs a few upgrades here and there. But the home at 625 S. 27th is being viewed as the next big opportunity by these guys.
"Hopefully this is just the beginning for us with this house," David Nelson said.
Donated by a World War II veteran, it's the next chapter in "Operation Veterans Encouraging Recovery," or OVER. The local non-profit offers a safe place for those who have served while they get back on their feet.
"It's afforded me the opportunity to build a solid foundation for recovery," Vietnam veteran Robert Glantz said.
Those with the program say its ultimate goal is to return productive veterans to the community, through opening up about their experiences.
It worked for Matt Lewis, who returned from combat in 2006.
"It wasn't that hard once I started trusting veterans and the guys around me," Lewis said.
"For me, it's easy to trust veterans and it's made a world of difference in my life."
The group currently uses a home just up the road near 27th and O, but there, they have to pay rent. Since the new place was a gift, it frees up some coin. OVER will still collect rent from those working and that money will go back to the program.
They're asking for your help to open the doors. OVER is seeking monetary donations along with furniture and appliances to get the job done.
"We think we can get some contractors on board with us to help us get this house ready to go so we can keep serving veterans," Glantz said.
After the group get the house renovated, Lewis says six veterans will be able to live there.
You can learn more about the group at their website, http://www.overnow.org/.