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Former hotel turned shelter for homeless veterans opens in Macon

One family that has moved in to the former hotel, now shelter for homeless vets./Eric Mock (WGXA)

George Brown is a retired major of the Marine Corps. He opened what once was a hotel but has turned it into a home for homeless vets in Macon.

He partnered with his friend John Davis, who is also retired from the Marine Corps.

They have one family that has moved in right now.

The veteran's name is James Mosier and he served in the US Army.

Mosier said he is thankful from the bottom of his heart for what they have done for him and his brothers and sisters in the armed forces who need a place to stay.

Right now the facility is in Phase One: they have 30 units available now for vets to move into. This includes single bedrooms as well as units for families.

Phases Two and Three will add another 50 units.

The fourth phase will add a counseling center to be onside for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Brown and Davis funded this endeavor by investing their own funds, along with the property owner Venkat Sanjeev. The group is applying for a grant from the government in the amount of $900,000.

If they can receive this grant, all four phases would be completed sooner.

Until that happens they are seeking help from the community. Home First is their fiduciary agent, and those interested can make donations through them.

If you want to help but don't have funds to do so, the group is also accepting help through volunteers to assist in cleaning up the old hotel.

Click here to learn more about Home First.

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