CNY veteran organization renovates homes for domestic violence survivors

Syracuse, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - There are two major problems in Central New York: Veterans finding work, and domestic violence survivors finding safe places to call home.

Now, A CNY veteran is combating both.

On the surface, a special renovation project in the city of Syracuse looks like any other, but it's not.

It's nine veterans and family members learning what it takes to work in construction.

"A lot of them, after getting back from Afghanistan or Iraq, they lose their sense of way. They did a lot of things, and they saw maybe a lot of things in those two countries. They come back and have that trouble of finding something that will motivate them to feel like they're part of something bigger than themselves," says Major Adam Bushey, Executive Director of 'Responsive to Our Community.

R.O.C is a group started by Bushey. As a veteran, he knew how tough life could be after serving, and as the son of a domestic violence survivor, he wanted to help both groups of people.

"The work field isn't what it used to be so finding a good job that you can actually survive on is few and far in between so that on top of the benefits of the program?" says Brandon Crouth, an employee of Bushey's organization, "I don't know what I'd be doing without this."

In addition to giving veterans on the job training, Bushey is passionate about helping domestic violence survivors.

Starting this week, the renovated building will be an affordable home for those survivors.

"It hits home. My mother was abused by a few of her ex-boyfriends so it does hit home- helping out victims of domestic abuse. It's nice that they have a place to go now," says employee John Stanford.

Paul Barbaritano, another employee, adds, "I like their mission here, you know? The mission is a give back mission and that makes you feel good- when you give."

Now that the first project in Syracuse is complete, the veterans are heading to Madison County to fix up an apartment building in the city of Oneida. They are running in to funding problems, though.

If you would like to donate, you can head to the organizations website ResponsiveCommunity.org.

 


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