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By THERESA PETERSON
VOLUNTEERS RHONDA GUSTAFSON, left, and Josh Sherman both of Iron Mountain, hang blinds at the Caring House. The blinds were a small portion of the $9,300 impact grant that was given to the Caring House by the Home Depot Foundation.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Caring House in Iron Mountain was able to get a $9,300 facelift recently with the help of the Home Depot.
The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants Program donated the funds to make updates and repairs to the facility.
Allure flooring, freshly-painted rooms and common areas, and repairing and updating bathrooms were just a few of the changes at the Caring House.
Thirty volunteers from the Iron Mountain, Green Bay, Appleton, and Rhinelander stores worked on eight rooms, an office and the common area of the domestic violence shelter in Iron Mountain.
New blinds, new toilets, six sinks, three tubs, three showers, one full bath remodel were all included in the grant.
The grant process started shortly after a Home Depot employee utilized the Caring House's services.
The need was brought to the attention of Home Depot Associates and they helped Caring House staff apply for the Community Impact Grant.
"I met with Linda (Seelund), we walked through the house and made a list of things that needed to get done," said Christopher Boser, Home Depot Iron Mountain Store Manager.
"They are need of so many things. We put together a quote of $9,300 to purchase all the materials and we submitted that quote."
"Chris was very helpful. I'm just so thankful for this. All the women here are crying. I just can't say enough about Home Depot," said Caring House staff member Linda Seelund.
Cheryl O'Neil, director of the Caring House, was at a loss for words.
"We at Caring House do not have the words to express our deep appreciate for the donation of materials from Home Depot and for all the hard work of so many volunteers," O'Neil said.
"The volunteers worked many hard hours to renovate the shelter," she said. "The improvements will brighten the lives of the many families who seek the safe sanctuary that the shelter provides to them."
In the last year, the Home Depot has completed 6-10 community projects locally.
"For the Home Depot Foundation, and Team Depot, our volunteer organization, it is fundamental for us to live up to one of our core values - giving back," Boser said.
"Home Depot is a big corporation, it really is, there is no denying that, but we operate like little individual home town stores and make our livings off the community so it's only right that we give something back to the community. This is done through donations and volunteerism. The goal of the Home Depot Foundation is to help make sustainable and lasting improvements to our communities." he said.
Any local non-profits can apply to have funds donated for projects.
Two other local businesses assisted in the Caring House work bee.
Subway donated lunch for the volunteers and Great American Disposal hauled away the trash at no cost.
Currently the Home Depot Foundation's is focused on benefitting the veterans.
The foundation places special emphasis on serving U.S. military veterans with housing, where they gather, VFW halls and American Legion halls.
For more information on the Home Depot Foundation or to apply for a grant, visit homedepotfoundation.org or homedepot.com/impactgrants.
Theresa Peterson's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.