Volunteers work on the Genesis Joy House
WARNER ROBINS, Ga.-- Volunteers were out on Saturday turning a dilapidated house into The Genesis Joy House. This is a project that was thought up in 2011 and now it is close to completion. President, Rosalyn Davis, said she hopes this will help end female veteran homelessness in the area.
Once the home is rebuilt, it will house six women. The apartments in the back of the property will house another five female veterans. Davis said it will be more than just a place to call home.
"They'll receive life skills courses, any needs we identify once they come in after they're assessed. We'll be able to provide that for them," she said.
Jay O'Neal came out to help. He is a veteran and currently in the reserves.
"A lot of us out here participating are veterans ourselves, when we heard of this opportunity we had to hop on it. We understand that not everybody lands on their feet and we're here to help out any way we can," O'Neal said.
He said he hopes this will help these women in more ways than one.
"We really, truly hope the women that need to come and looking for help know that they have a place to come to and have a place to call home or even start over," he said.
The shelter will also have a full kitchen and computer lab.
Another volunteer, who is Commander of the 55th combat squad at the Warner Robins Air Force Base, understood the importance of helping those who have helped the country.
"Giving back is not a one time deal or done during a particular time of the year. It's what you can do throughout the year whether for our veterans or our active duty service men," Ricky Hornsby said.
Davis said she hopes to open the shelter in 30 days, but they still have a lot of work to do. She said work days are scheduled on their website.