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Hometown Heroes: Home of the Brave Shelters Homeless Veterans

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 11:44 PM
By Nicole Edenedo


(MILFORD, Del.) - The sound of plastic wrapping crackles as another day of work sorting donations begins for Castillo Dyer.

The Army veteran makes a weekly hours-long bus trip to Milford to volunteer for the organization that gave him his life back.

"I was living somebody else's life. I wasn't living mine. So now, I'm living my life. And Home of the Brave helped me do that."

Dyer is one of the many graduates of Home of the Brave, a transitional housing facility for veterans.

"We can house up to 15 homeless male veterans in this facility that are honorably discharged from one of the branches of the United States military," said Jessica Finan, Home of the Brave's Executive Director.

Finan said Home of the Brave can also shelter up to eight female veterans at any given time.

"We get them into a bed, get them any essentials that they may need which we have. We can get them into all the programs that the Veterans Affairs offers and start addressing those issues that may have caused them to be homeless."

Army veteran and current tenant Mark Foti said couldn't be more grateful for Home of the Brave.

In January 2017, Mark was diagnosed with diabetes, had several major surgeries, lost his barber shop business of 14 years and then his home.

Through extensive medical support from the CAREs outreach program at Beebe hospital and a referral to Home of the Brave, Mark's health is on the mend.

"I'm working on getting a housing voucher which will help me in the future. Home of the Brave has been instrumental in getting that for me."

Now Mark, who specialized in Information Technology in the Army, needs a job.

After spending years as a barber, a job he didn't enjoy, Mark hopes to work for the CAREs program to help spread the word to other veterans who may need their services.

"I've talked to 25 people in the hospital who didn't even know the CAREs team existed. So I'd like to do some cost-benefit analysis for them and maybe get the word out as to what they're doing for someone like me," the former IT specialist said.

One day at a time, Home of the Brave offers support to the veterans who once supported us.

If you would like to donate furniture, food, clothes or funds, drop-offs can be made at the Home of the Brave facility located at 6632 Sharps Road in Milford.