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July 28, 2012

Homeward bound

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“What’s occurring this weekend is the completion of a weather-tight shell, so what we’ll have is the exteriors, siding, roof windows and doors,” said Jennifer Fiorentino, a spokesperson for Homes for Troops. 

The organization is a privately funded not-for-profit that raises money and construction materials, organizes volunteers and builds homes that are suitable for those with life-altering disabilities. It was founded in 2004.

Fiorentino said in addition to the more than 100 homes that have already been finished, she expects another 20 will be completed by the end of the year. She added Schaus received $63,780 through a U.S. Department of Vetaran’s Affairs grant. 

“What we generally do is go out and search for land in a particular area,” Fiorentino said. “We ask the vet to give us a radius of where they want to live. In this case it was North Tonawanda, where I have to say, there’s been an outpouring of support.”  

A ceremony will take place in the fall, when Schaus will be given the key to his new home. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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