MANDAN, N.D. - A home away from home for military members in Mandan is close to completion after a complete remodel was needed.
Five years ago, Fred Burger donated the two-room school house situated on a piece of his land.
The Marine Corps League Detachment saw a vision in the abandon, rundown building, and after five years of clean up, the structure now serves as a clubhouse for active and veteran military members.
What began as a dream, soon became reality for the members of the Marine Corps Detachment.
"It would be pretty cool for us to have a building like this someday. So Ray took it upon himself. Next thing we know were deciding between three different buildings," said Ron Crouse, a member of the Marine Corps League.
The decision was easy, but the restoration would be lengthy process.
"When we first got this building it was very much so in a state of disrepair. The building was sunk about eight inches because there wasn’t proper footings in the basement," said Crouse.
More than 24 tons of garbage was removed from the building, revealing a project that would be backed by the community.
"They've been incredibly generous. We've had dozens of contributes in a way of donating sheet rock, the roof, lumber, painters, I mean you name it we've gotten donations for it," said Crouse.
Dozens of community members and businesses did their part to give back to the group who once gave their lives serving our country.
"This facility would not have happened or would not have become a reality if it had not been for the community support that we have received," said Crouse.
The clubhouse is now a gathering place for Marine Corps members and a banquet hall for those in the community.
"This has been a labor of love. We've created something here with very minimal expense to the detachment and this building is being used to the benefit of the community," said Crouse.
From an abandon school house, to a place 65 active members can call home.
The league also reaches out to military members in the community to offer support in a time of need.