A student organization from Central Texas College will help refurbish a local shelter for homeless families and individuals, thanks to a recent grant.

The college announced this week that its chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise, received a $2,000 grant from Lowe’s for a community service project to benefit Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter in Copperas Cove.

“This is the first time we were approved for this grant,” said Chastity Clemons, a business management professor and the organization’s coordinator.

The shelter, operated by Cove House, served more than 521 individuals in 2012. That included 76 veterans and 73 families.

Clemons said the grant money would allow the organization’s members to work on a number of improvements to the facilities such as purchasing new fire alarms and extinguishers, replacing damaged doors, performing minor repairs and expanding the facility’s garden.

“We are very blessed and very thankful for the relationship we have with CTC and the (Enactus) program,” said Benjamin Tindall, Cove House’s executive director. “We are excited to be able to improve the houses, and make them more comfortable, energy efficient and convenient.”

In addition, the students also will train the Cove House staff on how to give job workshops on a continuous basis in the future, and provide proper interview attire to Cove House residents when needed.

“We have worked with Cove House for a long time, nearly four years,” Clemons said. “We know they’re a quality organization that is important to the community.”

The work for the grant needs to be completed by April 17, and will kick off a new Enactus community service initiative: Helping, Assisting, Recovering, Developing or HARD.

HARD won’t be the first time the organization has reached out to help the community. Enactus won grants for $1,500 from Walmart, $1,500 from Sam’s Club, and $500 from Campbell’s Soup earlier this year. The money from those grants was used to fund the food drive collection efforts for area food banks.

The group also helped local owners revamp their businesses in Copperas Cove as part of its Operation Step Up program.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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