Home Depot employees help local men in need rebuild lives

Home Depot employees help local men in need rebuild lives

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 7:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They're rebuilding kitchens at a place where men are rebuilding their lives. Managers from a Charlotte Home Depot are helping makeover an area non-profit that keeps disabled men off the street.

It may not look like it. It definitely doesn't sound like it. But Thursday is Douglas Payne's day off, and yet he is surrounded by tools.

“Yeah, this is all volunteer. We don’t do it for pay, we do it for love of people,” he says.

He normally runs the kitchen and bath department at Home Depot. Today, he's building one.

“We’re going in doing some painting-- all new cabinetry, kind of sprucing up this unit for them,” he told us while sawing some cabinets.

Joe Alexander is one of 90 men who call McCreesh Place in Noda home.

Alexander told NBC Charlotte, “I think it’s great, and it’s wonderful that they’re doing that. And I like it. I need a new kitchen.”

He is a disabled Vietnam vet who was on the streets before coming here.
The place really hasn't had a makeover in ten years, but this crew of Home Depot managers is changing that, donating their time and all the stuff.

Volunteer John Reinke said, “When they see the project at its completion and you can see their eyes, a lot of time they'll tear up and the emotion is right there on their face. It makes you feel really good, you get goosebumps. I’m actually getting goosebumps right now talking about it!”

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