Beyond Housing brings community together to assist aging U.S. Army vet

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Beyond Housing, The Home Depot Foundation and North County Police Cooperative came together this week to help a disabled U.S. Army veteran, renovating his Pine Lawn home that had fallen into extensive disrepair.

Fred Reeves, 65, served more than 20 years as a mechanic on military vehicles. He was unable to cook in his kitchen with two broken stoves and no working refrigerator. More than 30 Ferguson and Florissant Home Depot employees and officers with the North County Police Cooperative volunteered to make the critical renovations needed to improve his quality of life and give him use of his kitchen again. Beyond Housing connected the dots, applying for and securing a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to pay for materials and much-needed new appliances.

During the three-day event, volunteers installed new lighting, painted and updated the kitchen with new cabinets, countertops and flooring.

“This is a game-changer for Mr. Reeves,” said Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO, for Beyond Housing. “So many of our veterans are struggling with the upkeep of their homes either because they can’t afford repairs or health issues keep them from doing repairs themselves. We are thrilled to work with the North County Police Cooperative and The Home Depot Foundation to help a local hero in need.”

The Home Depot has made it a priority to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. More than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military.