Veterans at Passageways given a full home remodel by Lowe's

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From the outside, what may look like an ordinary home in west Wichita is a safe haven for many homeless veterans.

“My hopes are to soon get back on my feet and maybe go back to work or something and get my own place,” said veteran Dwain Smith, who lives at Passageways.

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, the heroes living at Passageways, a group that helps homeless veterans, received an unforgettable gift. A full home remodel by the local Lowe’s home improvement stores.

“It started with the floors coming up. Old tile floors. And now we have hardwood floors throughout. Brand new carpet in the heroes’ bedrooms,” said Jennifer Garrison, CEO and Co-founder of Passageways. “Lighting fixtures. All the cabinets were torn down in the kitchen. Ceiling fans in the bedrooms. French doors with blinds-built in.”

Lowe’s has had dozens of employees working on the project for over a week now. They’ve been at the house no matter what the weather. Including the snow.

“Lowe’s has a lot of veterans that work for the company. They take pride and they enjoy working for Lowe’s. This is their way to give back to those that maybe need a little extra help,” East Wichita Lowe’s store manager, Lance Courson said.

Throughout the remodel, the veterans currently living at passageways, like Smith, have been either staying at the house or in a hotel. Now they’re eager for their next chapter and forever thankful to both Passageways and Lowe’s.

“For those veterans out there, who don’t think that no one cares, you haven't looked in the right place,” Smith said.

Lowe’s is putting the finishing touches on the remodel Monday and Tuesday. When they’re finished, they’re decorating the home for the holidays and ensuring each veteran has a gift to open Christmas day.