Volunteers sprucing up house for homeless veterans

They want to have it ready before cold weather hits. (WTOV)

A once-vacant house in Steubenville is undergoing a major transformation, and you're invited to be part of it.

Volunteers are needed this weekend to help make it a place for homeless veterans to call home.

When we first showed you this house, it was completely trashed, but it had potential. Just a month later, dozens of volunteers have donated time and other resources and it's starting to come together.

The house at 1627 Ridge Avenue was a mess at the end of June. Since then, volunteers have hauled out truckloads of junk and are starting to spruce up the place.

Valerie Winchell of Project Bravo is spearheading the efforts. The house was donated and with the help of the community, she hopes to open it up to veterans before the cold weather hits later this year.

“The response has been amazing from the volunteers. They just come in and open their hearts and just poured out all their energy and cleaned and I would have given up probably if it weren't for them. Their inspiration is wonderful,” Winchell said.

“We want to help people who have helped us, with no need for a thank you, or not even needing to meet them, but just to know that they're in a warm good home, all because of one person, one person stepped forward, one person accepted, one person dared to,” said volunteer Paula Stevens.

A clean-up day will be held at the house on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for any amount of time if you can lend a hand.

If you’d like to help in the future, contact Project Bravo at

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