Local organization helps deserving Veteran after hard times

Helping those who need help with their homes is what Revitalize CDC serves to do.


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Charles Sullivan is a longtime resident of Holyoke and a Vietnam veteran.

He fell on hard times after losing his wife to cancer and his to do this around the house began to add up. That’s where the Revitalize Community Development Organization stepped in.

“I’d like to be able to do that, but I’ve come to the age where I can’t, but here they are. There are some people in the world who really care,” said Charles Sullivan, Vietnam War Veteran.

Helping those who need help with their homes is what Revitalize CDC serves to do. They serve veterans, elderly citizens and low income families. They went to Charles home and checked off his to do list.

“I wake up in the morning now, I don’t see the ripped tiles anymore. Everything expensive today, no way i could ever afford that,” said Sullivan.

Thursday morning revitalize CDC held a breakfast to raise money so they can help more veterans like Charles. They recently partnered with the city of Holyoke to help families there after years of working with Springfield.

“The city is so unbelievably proud of the partnership we have with revitalize CDC. They’ve made such an impact in Springfield and now that they’re coming to Holyoke to make a similar investment. A week from today we’ll be working on 12 homes,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

The area that Revitalize CDC and the city of Holyoke decided to focus their efforts on next week is Beech Street. Four of the homes belong to veterans, the others to families in need.

“You have to go out and experience it for yourself, to be able to meet a veteran and meet their family and to be able to thank them for their service. So many people want to say yes we support our veterans, but this is a way of actually going out there and doing something to support our veterans.” Said Colleen Loveless, President and CEO of Revitalize Community Development organization.

Revitalize CDC says they are always looking for volunteers.

To volunteer or donate click here.