LIBERTY, N.Y. -- Reverend Norman Graves, in 2008, had envisioned a project getting homeless veterans off the streets.
“They serve our country, they risk their life for all of us, and they deserve the best that we can give them,” said Graves, a founder and chairman of Begin Again Transitional Services.
About two years ago, the project took off after a home in the village of Liberty was donated to Graves and his church. After months of hard work, Graves' vision became a reality. Friday afternoon, dozens came out for the ribbon cutting of Sullivan County's first ever Veterans Transitional Home.
“It just brings tears to my eyes; so much joy," Graves said. "But it took a lot of hard work and a lot of community support.”
The home will be able to house up to eight veterans at one time. They'll stay between six and nine months, and volunteers with Begin Again Transitional Services will be able to help veterans connect with county services, find jobs, or attend school.
“Our ultimate goal is at the end of six months or nine, that they’re finding permanent housing and they have financial needs met, medical needs met,” said Anthony Covington, B.A.T.S. vice chairman.
Crews are still putting the final touches on the home. Overall, more than $100,000 was put into the property to get it ready.
The group says none of this would have been possible without the community.
“We’re grateful to every single donor that has actually helped and put their hands into this,” Covington said.
Veterans are expected to begin using the facility by Christmas.