Veterans don't have to leave home - for now

One week can make a difference.  Last Thursday, a group home for veterans was facing eviction.  The deadline was July 31st.  But they've been given an extension.

Every Thursday night they have Bible study inside a home on 20th Street.  They find strength in these pages.

"We don't throw up our hands and go 'why are we going through this'," said Ralph Boardman during a discussion on one passage.

Like the other men in the house, Boardman is a veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy.  The house has about 10 veterans. All of them were homeless before they found this place.

"We believe in miracles here," says

The group has seen it this past week.

"I have never been so honored and blessed," says Gaye King.

King runs Breath of Heaven Ministries in Vero Beach.  For the past four years, she has taken in homeless veterans and helped them back on their feet. Recently the home owners told the group they had to buy the two properties or leave.  They wanted $180,000 by July 31st. 

King says the owners are now giving them more time.

"If we put $5,000 down right now that we will be able to had the houses for at least another six months so we can raise the additional funding," says King.

Since their story became public last week, the group has received a lot of support.  They now have that $5,000.

"It makes me feel good to be here a little longer," says veteran and resident Vernon Young.

The publicity also means more people know about the group home and these veterans. Strangers recognize them.

"She passed me by the other day and said 'thank you for your service'," says Boardman.

King plans to meet with the home owners on Friday.

If you'd like to make a donation go to www.breathofheavenministries.com or you can mail it to:

Breath of Heaven
P.O. Box 477
Vero Beach, FL 32961


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