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Trust comes through for homeless female veterans

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Karen Ruth Keesling Karen Ruth Keesling
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An advocate for homeless female veterans won the biggest bet of her life this week, skirting a deadline and securing the funds she needed to purchase a house.

Jaspen Boothe, the founder of Final Salute, a nonprofit, took a gamble last month when she outbid the competition and agreed to pay more than $450,000 for a single-family house at auction.

The bid was a gamble because neither Boothe nor her nonprofit had the money to pay.

FOX 5 was there when Boothe won the bid and the story we told brought the group some attention.

Boothe asked for donations and donate they did. $50,000 came in since our story first aired and then an email arrived from out of the blue.

"The email came from a trust attorney who represented the Karen Ruth Keesling Trust,” said Final Salute founder Jaspen Boothe. “She was a former secretary of the Air Force and had dedicated her life to supporting women’s equality.”

The Keesling Trust wanted to help and it could not have come at a better time.

"I call it a miracle, a match made in heaven," said Boothe.

Boothe and Final Salute had been renting the house when they learned the nonprofit that owned the property had suddenly and without warning stopped paying the mortgage.

It was a crisis with a temporary fix when Boothe won the bid.

Now, her gratitude goes to the Keesling Trust.

"We will be doing a rededication and ribbon cutting and the home will be named in Karen’s honor," Boothe said.

So now, Boothe says thanks to the donors, the trust and all of the help that came her way.

"Well, I definitely want to say that FOX is our media hero because there were definitely a lot of people who wouldn't have known,” she said.

About a house that's been saved for the women who served.

On Saturday afternoon at the newly named Keesling House in Huntington, Boothe and Final Salute will thank the donors who made it happen.

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