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Volunteers renovating a rehab center for veterans

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - A drug rehab center that has helped veterans improve their lives is getting some much needed improvements thanks to volunteers.

A major renovation is kicking off at the Volunteers of America Southwest Renaissance Center.

The Home Depot Foundation is a national group dedicated to helping veterans. It finishes on average 1,500 projects every year in local communities across the country. This is something the foundation has done for 35 years.

Through different fundraising efforts, the Home Depot Foundation spends $80 million a year on veteran housing alone.

"We've already spent $65 million of that and making some great progress improving the lives of veterans and getting them into homes," Gaven Gregory of the Home Depot Foundation said.

In the last couple of years, the foundation has spent $1.2 million dollars helping the San Diego market. For this project alone, they're using $100,000 in products.

Nearly 300 volunteers are donating their time to build new fences, clear brush, install security lighting and improve a computer lab.

All of this would not be possible without the generous donations from the Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America and other partnering organizations.

"Sometimes we struggle with resources to beautify or to enhance our facilities. So the Home Depot Foundation, they'll come in and they will make our facility amazing. When you can provide a facility that is safe and comfortable, it really promotes a healing environment which will have long lasting effect on the people that we serve," Janeal Ford of Volunteers of America Renaissance Treatment Center said.

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