Volunteers needed to finish renovations for veterans’ home

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By Katie Lamb

The inside of a house in Cape Girardeau will be stripped to the studs this weekend as the Student Veterans Organization at Southeast Missouri State University transforms the home into a place where veterans can stay as they transition from the military to college life.

The house, at 323 N. Fountain St., was donated to the organization by an anonymous local veteran. While the home is structurally sound, it was built in 1912 and needs renovations before it can house students.

Some volunteers have spent dozens of hours during the past few months ripping out flooring, cabinets and appliances, and crews recently completed some needed landscaping work. But the outdated plumbing and electrical systems in the home need to be repaired and brought up to code.

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