PRINCETON – Scott and Katie Clark have received nonprofit 501c3 status for their veteran's housing vision, Eagle's Nest.

Scott Clark said his wife worked diligently both online and sending correspondence through the mail to ensure eligibility for the designation, and they recently received notice they qualify for the tax-exempt status. "All that stuff was pretty exciting," he said.

He said the status did not cost as much as he assumed it might.

Now, businesses and individuals can donate to the cause in an account at First Financial Bank in Princeton, Clark said. "Any money would help," he said. He added that any donations received will be tax-exempt.

The plan for the Memorial Methodist Episcopal church building has changed, with the status of the project.

Clark said he now plans to tear down the old church and build anew.

"It'd probably be more cost-effective to tear it down and rebuild there," he said. He said some pieces from the church building are for sale and he is still attempting to get someone to take the windows out of it, though it would take a professional team and equipment to complete such a task.

The undertaking is something Clark has had on his radar for years now. "I'm a veteran myself," he said, "it's just something I've always wanted to do."

Clark was a jet mechanic in the U.S. Navy, then served in artillery in the U.S. Army, where he also served as a diesel mechanic. After those various duties, he spent time in as a financial counselor. He would help soldiers, their family members, retirees, widows and widowers with their budgets, help them apply for loans and pay for funeral expenses, among other duties.

"I really loved that job," he said, "it was really eye-opening to see how much people really did need the help."

He credits this experience with the inspiration to build a home for veterans in Princeton. "This is just one way for me to help," he said.

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