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Rehabbing a house for vets in Steubenville

If it works out, Winchell says she has an investor interested in buy 15 houses, all to be used for helping homeless veterans (WTOV).

An organization in Steubenville is hoping to create a place for veterans to call home.

The organization, Project Bravo, makes care packages for troops and homeless veterans. But it has just accepted a new undertaking -- one that will take a little faith, and a whole lot of work.

"It's a three-bedroom, one bath, it's old, and very dirty," said Valerie Winchell, founder of Project Bravo.

The home sits on Ridge Avenue in Steubenville and has been vacant for 2 years. It's full of trash -- and yet full of opportunity.

Winchell can see beyond the overgrown weeds and damaged gutters.

"We were given a house, and we thought what better to use it for than to get homeless vets off the street, and we're going to give it a try," Winchell said. "It's a give back. They've done a lot for us and we need to do something for them."

Winchell plans to fix up the place and open the door to homeless veterans. She's looking for others who want to give back and would like to hear from anyone willing to donate time or other resources to the cause.

"I think veterans here, and anywhere, need to know that they're not forgotten, and that there's help and if they decide to choose it, then there's help out there," Winchell said.

Those who want to help out can contact Winchell by email at Winchellvl1@yahoo.com.

The home in Steubenville will be a test.

If it works out, Winchell says she has an investor interested in buying 15 houses, all to be used for helping homeless veterans.

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