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Volunteers rehabilitate townhomes for veterans

North Shore Gas and Community Action Partnership of Lake County joined forces to rehabilitate townhomes for two veterans in North Chicago on Sept. 23.

Dozens of employee volunteers from North Shore Gas participated in the second annual Home and Honor volunteer day. This is an opportunity to serve those who have served others by providing them with services such as painting, installing blinds, cleaning and other general home repairs.

“Together, we have the power to impact the lives of veterans who have served and protected us,” Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president of operations and maintenance for North Shore Gas, said in a news release. “It is an honor to give back to our fellow servicemen and women and their families.”

CAPOLC has rehabbed six homes for veterans this year. This partnership will bring new homes to two additional veterans who have struggled to find stable homes since serving in the Air Force and Navy.

In preparation for Home and Honor, North Shore Gas has been collecting donations to support Veterans Housing @Hervey. The items collected include decorations, such as paintings, framed prints and posters, small appliances, window treatments and bedding.

Volunteers also repaired handrails and sidewalks by the homes, installed entry and storm doors, and built a platform for a new washer and dryer.

“Community Action Partnership of Lake County is excited to partner with North Shore Gas again this year for their Home and Honor volunteer day,” said Mary Lockhart White, executive director and CEO of CAPOLC. “Affordable housing is a huge barrier for many veterans in Lake County. Community Action Partnership and the veteran community are grateful for this opportunity.” 

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