Manvel mansion could be transformed into veterans facility

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Manvel home being used rent free for veterans, Steve Campion reports. (KTRK)

A long-forgotten mansion in Manvel could get a new purpose.

Veteran Christa Mode wants to transform the space into a veterans facility called The Bailey House.

Mode, who moved from Oregon, is still in the process of creating a non-profit.

"I want to make this a place of hope for veterans," she said. "I see hope a lot of it."

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Last year, Mode reached out to the mansion's property owner Jim Youngblood. He believes in Mode's vision so much that he is offering the building to her rent-free.

"She seems like she is very genuine. She actually wants to help people," said Youngblood. "She wants to do the right thing, so my partner and I decided that we're going to do everything we can to help her succeed."

There is a community meet-and-greet planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Manvel Mansion. The property is located at 2354 County Road 59.

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