House of Heroes helps veterans, widows

(WTNH) — All across the state Wednesday, volunteers are rolling up their sleeves donating their time and talents to help veterans. The effort is being mounted by a group called House of Heroes and it’s not only helping out veterans but their families as well.

“House of Heroes” is a national organization located in five different states. Connecticut is one of them and the two years that it’s been here, more than 30 homes have been renovated for veterans and their families.

The sound of construction could be heard through Roosevelt Street in New Britain Wednesday. As two dozen volunteers came together to honor those who’ve served our country.

House of Heroes Connecticut provides home improvements and repairs at no cost to veterans and their families. All of it is carried out by skilled workers.

“I thought it would be great do a little bit for her since she does so much for us and everyone around her,” said Dailie-Ann Dawson, New Britain.

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Dailie-Ann Dawson nominated her mother, Victoria, who served in the army.

“It’s an older home and stuff is falling apart little by little. My mom has her hands full as you can see with her four kids and her grand kids and all that,” said Dawson.

Some of the work done Wednesday involved putting in a new sidewalk, stairs, railings and cabinetry. As well as safety updates, involving electrical work. Things that are sometimes difficult for the homeowner to take care of.

“Many times they have both a physical and financial need. In the case of Connecticut veterans, about half of our vets are over 65 years of age, so there are a lot of elderly veterans that are also disabled,” said Bill May, Chairman of House of Heroes CT.

Since house of heroes first came to Connecticut two years ago, more than $300,000 in materials and time has been donated.

It’s an experience that’s not only rewarding for the homeowner, but the volunteers as well.

“You know it’s a nice feeling, a good way to give back to help someone who helped us and helped our nation so much,” said Andrew Dasilva, volunteer.

To find out how you can volunteer for House of Heroes or nominate a veteran and their family, go to http://www.hohct.org/.

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