Local nonprofit group helps House of Peace

House of Peace

It's a mild Saturday morning and there is a flurry of activity outside a house in Northeast El Paso. But it's not just any house - it's the House of Peace.

“Or mission is to help these women get back on their feet,” said Hope Jackson, a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army.

Jackson bought this three bedroom house for $70,000. It serves as a shelter for female veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“This is the way Hope Jackson has decided by the grace of God to give back to the community to take care of my sisters, because I am my sister’s keeper," Jackson said.

The shelter opened last year. It can accommodate six to eight residents.

“Once a resident comes into an environment like this, she doesn’t feel like she’s in a shelter," said Jackson. "She feels like she’s at home and I’m of the belief that the healing process can’t really start until you’re in a safe environment where you feel like you’re safe and secure and the people around you care about you.”

On this particular day, the house is getting some major upgrades, thanks to an organization called Rebuilding Together El Paso. The volunteer group teamed up with The Home Depot to provide some much needed amenities to the House of Peace.

“We are transforming the House of Peace. It’s founded by the Hope Institute and we’re doing that with funding from Home Depot," said Julie Vasquez , a spokeswoman with Rebuilding Together El Paso. “Basically we’re just transforming the home to make it a better livable place for these women who are living out here.”

Vasquez says the non-profit works hard to rebuild homes for those in need in our community, normally private homes.

“By doing this, we don’t just affect one life," Vasquez said. "We’re going to affect lives that are going to come here in the future.”

Jackson said the help is deeply appreciated.

“That’s who God chose to send here today to make this place a beautiful place for these female veterans to call home and for that I’m grateful," Jackson said.

In April, Rebuilding Together El Paso is holding it's annual fundraiser called "Chefs and Stars."

Local celebrities will team up with some of El Paso's top chefs for a night of amazing food in a culinary competition. It's happening April 14 at the EPIC Railyard, 2201 E Mills Ave.

For more information on tickets click here.

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