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Helping Heroes established in Wheeling

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A veterans’ assistance program is now operating in Wheeling.

Helping Heroes has expanded its services in the Ohio Valley.

Helping Heroes is an organization that helps veterans in hard times to return to self-sufficiency. Already in multiple locations, the non-profit has expanded to the Friendly City.

On Wednesday night, Helping Heroes held its official opening on Main Street. While the organization has locations in Weirton and Moundsville, they saw a need to operate in Wheeling.

“The majority of the people we serve are from Wheeling,” said Jeremy Harrison, chief operations officer. “It made sense for us to find a place that we could use that would be more conducive for our clients."

The space once housed the Department of Health and is attached to what is now called the Dream Center, owned by Bethlehem Apostolic Temple.

After seven months of planning and renovation, the building is ready to use.

“What we have now is perfect for us,” Harrison said. “We have a great board room, brand new office space. It's very comfortable. Clients come in and say they really enjoy the place. It's been great. It's been a good transition."

The organization helps struggling veterans get back on their feet. With a new location, they're poised to service more than before.

“This is bringing community awareness to the veterans for what they've done for our country, something we may have forgotten a little bit through past history,” said Jerry Andrews, of Moundsville. “And this is a great reminder of how grateful we really should be for the veterans and what they've done for us."

They can't do it all alone. The support of the community has helped bring Helping Heroes to where it is now, and for that Harrison is grateful.

“It's been an amazing adventure so far,” he said. “The support that we have is unbelievable. The community really wants to take care of its veterans. For me it is truly a dream come true."

Helping Heroes will have its annual fundraiser night at Generations on May 19 at 6 p.m. There will also be a bluegrass concert at Wheeling Park on Saturday at 7. Proceeds will go to veterans.

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