Warriors Helping Warriors Home To Open In Middletown This Summer

The Warriors Helping Warriors Veteran’s Facility in Middletown will be opening later this summer. The facility, located at 104 South Broad Street, has seen scores of volunteers who are putting in the work to renovate the building.

Plans for the facility began in December 2013 by now retired Major Kevin Conley who became frustrated with dealing with the Veteran’s Administration as well as the Army systems after being wounded during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Maj. Conley also talked to other veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who had similar problems, and with the help of his parents, retired Lt. Col Bill Conley and Marsha Conley, he began hosting events and sharing resources with local, injured veterans. They formed Warriors Helping Warriors which is incorporated in the State of Delaware as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit and once the resource center is opened in Middletown, it will offer conference rooms, a recreation center, and living space for veterans needing assistance.

Recently Middletown Radio talked to Michelle Delle Donne, who has been involved in volunteering with Warriors Helping Warriors and she said that the work on the building has been slowed somewhat due to securing the necessary permits with the town, but the work should be finished by later this summer. She said that the funding comes from financial donations, plus donations of labor and supplies. Delle Donne cited Northeastern Plumbing and owner Rick Foxwell for his donation of supplies. Work is being done by both union and non-union workers and the work is extensive since the building they are working on had to be gutted.

Delle Donne, who has been active in the fundraising said that money is coming in through various events such as their Beer and Wine Tasting events, golf tournaments, 5K runs, and online donations. People wishing to donate can purchase a brick for $100 and get their name engraved on it for a brick laying ceremony.  She also said that items such as furniture and appliances are being donated. They also have an antique store on East Main Street in Middletown that sells World War II memorabilia, antique guns, etc., and the proceeds go to Warriors Helping Warriors.  

Delle Donne said that when opened, the house will be able to hold ten homeless veterans and they will be able to provide counselors for PTSD and other problems as well as provide clothing, food and help with finding housing.

Currently they are looking for volunteers such as construction workers, brick layers, wood workers, pavers, lifters, and people to provide meals. To learn more about Warriors Helping Warriors, go to https://www.whwonline.org.

Photo credit: Warriors Helping Warriors

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