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Nonprofit wants to donate house to veteran

ST. CLAIR, Pa. - A local nonprofit is looking to help a veteran and his or her family.

We Agape You Inc. partners with Realtors and Wells Fargo to renovate foreclosed homes for veterans and low-income families.

The organization's latest home renovation project is a row house at 11 North Second Street in Saint Clair, Schuylkill County.

 "[Wells Fargo] gave me the instructions to find a nonprofit to donate. [I] started doing the research and came upon Randy [Simmons]," said Ed Freeman, a Realtor who works as a Wells Fargo foreclosures listing agent.

Randy Simmons runs We Agape You Inc. He said he requested the help of the Department of Veteran's Affairs to help place a family in the home.

"It's amazing to rehab houses, but to be actually able to donate a house to a veteran family, I mean that right there, we're so excited about that," Simmons told 69 News.

Simmons said the Ephrata, Lancaster County-based group is currently working on renovating a few homes in Reading. He added they hope to donate at least three houses by the end of the year.

"We're always looking for properties that we could put it back in the system, getting a new family in, and just turn bad situations into good ones," added Freeman.

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