When the Valor Home program for homeless veterans began receiving a surplus of clothing donations, Therapeutic Director David Peacock decided to convert the excess into other resources for these veterans. The nonprofit has opened a thrift store in Highland Square, with the help of American Legion Post 19, and the proceeds will go toward purchasing homes for veterans facing homelessness.
The store — located at 741 West Market St., in the lower level behind Two Turtles Pet Center — is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will sell clothing, along with featuring veterans’ artwork and information about the organization and how community members may contribute.
“This is a great resource,” said Peacock. “If I could sell these clothes and turn them into money, we can purchase homes in Akron and in effect create a veterans’ village, not just for these guys but for female veterans and their children because they’re the largest population (of homeless veterans in need).” The American Legion Post 19 has put up the seed money and will operate the store, which Peacock said will serve as a thrift store, art gallery and resource center for the program, which delivers an array of services for veterans in need.
“A lot of programs never deal with why they are homeless in the first place,” he added. “It could be generational poverty, lack of education, post traumatic stress disorder.”
For example, the Exeter Road Valor Home participates in several forms of therapy, including creative arts and equine therapies.
For those seeking to donate, Valor Home is only looking for clothing, which may be dropped off at 1121 Exeter Road, in Akron, or by calling (330) 773-7000 or e-mailing [email protected].