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Makeover for Maupin Home and Support Center

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) -- A military non-profit gets a new home in Clermont County.  The Yellow Ribbon Support Center is now at the home of Keith Maupin in Union Township, Clermont County.  The center originally started to honor Maupin's son, Matt, who was captured in Iraq in 2004.  His body was later found.  Angela Ingram explains why volunteers not only moved the center, but also remodeled Keith Maupin's home.

It's appropriate that a yellow ribbon is cut in front of the support center's new home.  Keith Maupin's friends call the event, the "Maupin home makeover."  Maupin said, "people come because they want to help support the troops and that's what we do."

The project started as a small remodeling job in the kitchen and bathroom.  Project manager, Michael Barrett, and other volunteers decided to turn it into a bigger project, "Let's just turn this into a complete home makeover for this man.  Let's build him a yellow ribbon support center in the back of his house and then that way he can operate that, he don't have to leave his house.  He can walk right out his back door."

141 suppliers and contractors volunteered their time and energy.  Inside of the home on Mt. Carmel-Tabasco road there's a hand drawn picture of Matt over the fireplace and a garage in the back is now a warehouse with an office.  Supporters say the center had to move from its Eastgate location because the landlord wanted to triple Maupin's rent.

June Izzi-Bailey made phone calls to help Maupin find a new home for the support center.  "I tried so hard to find a new location that they could afford, but there was just no, nobody wants to do anything anymore because they feel like the biggest part of the war is over, but it's not. we're sending packages and we're still doing for the troops."

Maupin says, "I really thought when Matt come home the Yellow Ribbon Support Center will go away, I really did, but it got bigger and got stronger and it just, I don't know, now I can't quit. It's weird, but this is what we do."

Maupin even cut off part of his signature beard because volunteers were able to raise so much money.  Volunteers say this is their way of thanking maupin for all of the work he does for our military.

$30,000 worth of solar panels are on the roof of the new support center.

A contractor says workers installed them so that maupin won't have an electric bill for that building.

To find out how you can get involved go to the support centers website, click here.

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