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PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks employees and Valley contractors are lending a hand to give a local shelter a makeover.

Starting Friday and through the weekend, local plumbers, tradesmen and contractors, along with about 50 Diamondbacks employees, will be doing some heavy lifting to revamp the St. Vincent de Paul's shelter for older adults.

"The Diamondback employees have raised $61,000 through the Home Plate Project," said Mary Chou-Thompson with the shelter. "They'll be replacing our flooring, putting in new rugs, carpeting and tiles and new bathrooms."

Ozanam Manor is located at 1730 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix. Chou-Thompson said the shelter helps people transition from chronic homelessness to self-sufficiency.

"We provide mentorship and counseling, job search and housing search," she said.

Chou-Thompson said the money was raised by auctioning celebrity home plates, including an autographed plate by Jay Leno and another hand-drawn plate by Twilight star Robert Pattinson.

Leslie Pool Supplies donated $25,000 to kick-start the project.

Martha Maurer, News Editor

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