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Home at Last Lawton needs help from community with home repairs

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- "Home at last Lawton", an organization that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet has changed locations and is now asking the community with help with a home they just purchased.  

The organization originally had 3 homes on Southwest "E" Avenue, but because of their condition and a $200,000 dollar price tag on the cost of repairs they're no longer in use by Home at Last.

They purchased a home on Southwest McKinley Rd in January which cost $9,000 dollars, but it too needs some renovations before it can house 2 homeless veterans.

Their goal is to have it ready by May 1st and they're now looking to the community for help.


Home at Last Lawton President Alisa Engler said their mission is simple...helping homeless veterans. Engler said she knows the struggles they can face.

"I was in the military for 12 years and in the Army Reserve and I know sometimes it takes one wrong step in life, and then you are kind of down and out so I want to give them a chance to get back on their feet," said Engler.

Back in December of last year Engler said their first homes on Southwest "E" Avenue started falling apart and they had to start looking for other options.

"The houses were in pretty big disrepair. We got an estimate from some contractors and the amount of work it was going to take to get it up to where we could have people living in them was too much," Engler said.

The repair estimate totaled about $200,000 dollars, exceeding the organizations limit to help veterans.

But in their search for other homes, Engler came across the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home on Southwest McKinley Avenue and sealed the deal for about $9,000 dollars.

"This house ended up being something that fit into our budget, that we would be able to purchase and do repairs on afterward," said Engler.

Repairs are something Engler said the home desperately needs. She said it not only needs foundation work, but central heat and air, furniture, fresh paint,and appliances in the kitchen.

In order to have the house ready by May 1st, Engler encourages the community to help.

" Veterans are one of the pillars of our community, you know we are here at Fort-Sill but some of these gentlemen have been places and I have came home and something has gone off track for them and we just want to be here to help get them back to where they want to be," Engler said.

Once the repairs are complete, 2 homeless veterans will live rent free in the house for 1 year and receive help applying for benefits, strengthening their job skills, and building their resumes.

"It feels really good to give someone the chance and the help that they need to better themselves and be happy with who they are and where they are at," said Engler.

Engler said there will be several days in March and April for the community to come out and help with repairs. You can find out more about volunteering your time or making a donation on the "Home at Last Lawton" Facebook page.


Once this home is ready, Engler said they will start looking for additional homes to house more homeless veterans.

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