Salvation Army needs community's help to furnish free homes for veterans

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs plans to move struggling veterans and their families into free housing on October 1 as part of their New Beginnings program. Now, they need the community's help to furnish the apartments.

The Department of Veterans Affairs gave the Salvation Army a $350,000 grant to help Colorado Springs' heroes. In the New Beginnings program, struggling veterans will receive free housing for up to two years, lunch and dinner every day, free transportation and workforce training.

"We want to give them the best we can," Capt. Erin Kauffman, the Salvation Army's El Paso County Coordinator, said. "They gave us the best they could."

The apartment building has 11 two-bedroom apartments.

The Salvation Army needs 22 of everything: new twin beds, couches, love seats, dressers, nightstands, decor and dining tables. They're asking the community of southern Colorado for help.

"We want their first impression to be, 'This is my new home,'" Kauffman said.

The veterans who qualify for this program will be nominated and referred by the VA and other local organizations.

To donate furniture, your time, or skills to the project, call the Salvation Army at 719-636-3891.

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