Eagles Scout Project Benefits The Home Place

Reported by: Shawn Lanier
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Updated: 3/29 11:58 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) An Eagle Scout project had a group of young men out in the rain this morning sprucing up a transition home where homeless Chattanoogan's with HIV live.

17-year-old David Withy a few other scouts volunteers came to The Home Place to clean up and help a few who need here because they simply wanted to help.

“Service has always been a very big part of my life through boy scouts and church and everything,” said Withy. “I couldn't imagine not going through the rest of my life not doing anything to help people."

He also said he understand these people are down on their luck, because residents of this place have to meet two criteria to stay here according to case coordinator Krisie Long-Withy

“It is for homeless individuals who are HIV positive or have been diagnosed with AIDS,” said Long-Withy.

This home gives them temporary housing until they are well enough to move on to a more permanent and secure future.

One resident found this place and didn't know she was eligible.

"I didn't realize I was homeless when I was living with my family after I had gotten so sick,” said Ann Roberts.

Also, resident Roger Hilley, who said he has been clean from drugs for 10 years, almost found himself in a bad situation after his daughter had moved away.

"I went somewhere else and they was doing drugs,” said Hilley. “So I had applied for here because I had to get out of the situation."

Now here at The Home Place residents benefit from the services of volunteers who come and lend a hand to people like Ann Roberts who is nearly blind and can't get out to rack leaves, fix fences and pull weeds.

“We all just try to help each other here and when other people come in we are very appreciative of that,” said Roberts.

With the rain on Saturday morning the Scouts were not able to pain the fence, but they do plan to come back at a later date and finish.
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