Indy veteran helps build his new home after overcoming years of addiction

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Volunteers helped build a new home for an Indianapolis veteran on Saturday.

Habitat for Humanity and HVAF of Indiana teamed up to work on Fred Young’s new house. He volunteers with HVAF, which is dedicated to helping homeless veterans and their families.

Young, who was homeless for five years said while his journey to get a new home was tough after battling years of addiction, he says he’s grateful to those supporting him.

“I could see the love in the room and that means so much,” said Young. “People helping you not because they’re being paid to, but they want to help you because of the love that is being shown.”

Young wants to remind everyone there are resources to help deal with addiction.

Indiana’s Next Level Recovery program

  • Call 211 for help 24/7 or click here to go to Connect2Help.
  • Call the Indiana Addiction Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit here to chat live with a representative.
  • Through a partnership between Indiana 211 and OpenBeds, people seeking treatment for substance use disorder can be immediately connected with available inpatient or residential treatment services.
  • The Indiana Recovery Network also has extensive available resources.