Former school turning into home for women veterans

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – November is now just days away, and that means it’s almost Veterans Day.

One group in Winchester is working hard to do something for women who are veterans, and the community is offering plenty of help as well.

It’s a makeover like no other.

People say the inside is a mess, but it’s a happy mess, as the organization Lady Veterans Connect, is turning the former Trapp Elementary into a transitional home for women veterans when they come back from service.

Soon, the building will house 35 lady veterans and children.

Wanda Martin says the transitional home will help women return to an everyday life.

“We will be doing classes with them, on money management, cooking, cleaning, counseling will be available here 24 hours for them, to help them come back into society,” said Martin.

Martin explains they want to include children in the process because often, veterans need to rebuild relationships with their kids.

“Somebody else has been raising those children while they’re gone and probably have been calling them mom,” said Martin. “They have to learn their children all over again.”

According to Martin, everything inside the building has been donated, from furniture to toiletries. Lowe’s employees even donated their time to help with repainting.

“It’s great to feel like a hero, giving back to a community that supports us as a store and Lowe’s, so just kind of trying to pay it forward,” said Winchester Lowe’s Manager Whitney Hansford.

Martin took ABC 36 on a tour of the building. Inside, there are bedrooms, and exercise room, and even a hair salon.

Martin says they hope to have the building ready for operation in late February.


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