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Rural Three Rivers duplex gets a makeover

The exterior of a Lockport Township duplex was targeted Thursday by a team of about 35 people who volunteered to spruce up the property.

The residence, vacant since 2010, was purchased by St. Joseph County through a foreclosure auction and will be used as a transitional residence for homeless veterans.

Stoney Summey, Veterans’ Affairs director for St. Joseph County, said the Home Depot Foundation committed $20,000 toward landscape materials as well as the labor of more than 30 of its employees.

The landscaping and yard-clearing projects were done at a house in the 17300 block of M-86, just outside the Three Rivers city limits.

In addition to Home Depot’s contribution, the Three Rivers Community Foundation kicked in an additional $18,000, allowing for the purchase of appliances and other needs inside the house.

Summey said the residences will be move-in ready by May 15.

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