December 18, 2014

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UPDATED: Valor Home receives two grants totaling over $100,000

Dan Gillotti, left, vice-chairman of Valor Home Lorain County, and Don Attie, fundraiser chairman of Valor Home, place counters in the kitchen at Valor Home in Lorain. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Dan Gillotti, left, vice-chairman of Valor Home Lorain County, and Don Attie, fundraiser chairman of Valor Home, place counters in the kitchen at Valor Home in Lorain. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The Valor Home of Lorain County has received two grants totaling more than $100,000 this week.

The announcement Thursday that the still-under-construction project had received an $85,000 grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office came a day after the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District awarded a $20,374 grant to use for recycled building materials.

DeWine’s grant will be used to help cover work on the building at West 21st Street and Reid Avenue, including repairing damage from a burst water pipe and roof repairs, a news release said. The burst water pipe earlier this year caused about $30,000 worth of damage.

“That’s exciting, because we’re in need of fixing the roof and in desperate need of doing the parking lot,” said Don Attie, one of the veterans serving on the committee working on the project.

The home, which will focus on providing transitional housing and other services to veterans in need, is slated to open later this year, although the committee’s vice chairman, Dan Gillotti, said that an exact date has not yet been set.

He and Attie both said there is a significant amount of work that still needs to be done in the building, which is across the street from St. Joseph Community Center, where supporters originally had hoped to locate the Valor Home.

Questions over the long-term viability of St. Joe’s led the veterans to seek another nearby location. St. Joe’s houses a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic.

Jack Hart, a custodial maintenance worker for Valor Home, works on renovations at the Valor Home.

Jack Hart, a custodial maintenance worker for Valor Home, works on renovations at the Valor Home.

Attie said he’s pleased with the work done on the Valor Home so far.

“We’re moving in the right direction, and everything is starting to move and roll pretty good,” he said.

Although much of the money for the project is coming from a federal Veterans Affairs grant, the committee has been trying to raise at least $250,000 to help cover the costs.

Gillotti said the committee doesn’t want to reveal too much about the total cost of the project until it can tally up the final bill.

But Attie said the organization is still raising money, something that will continue to be needed even after the Valor Home opens to pay for upkeep and other costs.

Gillotti said most of the rooms in the facility have been adopted by various donors, but 10 rooms remain unspoken for.

Attie said those interested in donating to the Valor Home can send donations to the Valor Home, 221 W. 21st St., Box 4, Lorain, OH 44052.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.