LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lending a hand is something that comes easily to Mike Denham.
“It’s nice to be able to clean things up, instead of having them cluttered up and thrown on the side of the road. We can take it and if it can be given, we can get rid of it,” Denham said. “If it’s not, we take it to the landfill and it just gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
Denham is a Louisville veteran owned and operated waste disposal specialist with Sgt. Junk-It.
They were called out with Veteran’s Club Inc. when one of their own needed help.
“We kind of did the housing first aid and were able to get them a unit and now we are looking at long-term housing. His client has a Section 8 voucher in hand from HUD-VASH, but we were concerned that the unit would pass inspection,” said Amy Luckett, social services program coordinator at the Office of Resilience and Human Services. communities of the Louisville metropolitan government.
The veteran who needs help has been in their current unit for over a year and could stay there, but in their current state the unit would not pass inspection. The veteran’s mother also passed away earlier this year, and the veteran has stored many of his belongings in his unit. He was okay with Spectrum News 1 telling his story, but the veteran didn’t want to speak on camera or be identified by name in this article.
The grant the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services receives for this expires at the end of the month, so there are no more funds for the city to help this veteran. The Veterans Affairs Bureau was also unable to help, meaning the Louisville veteran was on the verge of becoming homeless. That’s when they recommended Veteran’s Club INC.
“If we can get our hands on this now, then this veteran stays home and ultimately alleviates another homelessness issue that we have an issue with anyway,” said Jeremy Harrell, Founder. and CEO of Veteran’s Club Inc. “It’s about meeting veterans where they are and addressing these issues.
Harrell got in touch with Denham and Sgt. The Junk-It team and that’s where they got to work.
A job that brings Denham back.
“It’s just knowing that I was able to help someone, hopefully make their life a little bit easier, and get them to pass their inspection, that’s the most important thing,” Denham said. “They must have a place to live.”
The veteran will do an inspection next week on his unit.