Volunteers help with home-improvement projects

Home improvement Improves More Than A House

It does a heart good to help others. It does a community good to be helped. When kindness shows itself in lasting and beneficial ways, there is no denying that people care for one another without strings. The work conducted recently in Fort Wayne by a variety of volunteers from several states is just one example of what I’m talking about.

“Mission Serve volunteers arrived last Saturday to spend the week completing home-improvement projects for people living in low-income areas.”

A house in the 400 block of Dalman Avenue was one of 15 Fort Wayne homes receiving improvements this week as part of a Mission Serve project involving 165 visiting youth and adults.

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The week of volunteer work will conclude with a celebration and worship event at 5 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church, 6600 Trier Road, which served as host for the volunteers.

Mission Serve involves youth and adults in missions projects that assist people in low-income neighborhoods with home repairs or improvements, a news release said.

The volunteers, who came from six states and arrived Saturday, worked on projects arranged through NeighborLink, a Fort Wayne organization that tries to match people in need of help with community volunteers seeking to perform service work.

“When a group like this comes in and helps us for a week and takes on 15 larger projects like this, it is a big help,” said Jeff Shatto, NeighborLink mobilization director.

The local projects included five roofing jobs, five house painting projects and five installations of wheelchair ramps, said Mike DePoy, a Faith Baptist member who helped shuttle materials to the work sites and who was at the Dalman Avenue roofing project Wednesday morning.

The 15 projects involved more than $15,000 in materials, Shatto said. Homeowners furnished most of the cost for roofing jobs, he said, while Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults paid most of the cost for materials for wheelchair ramps. Homeowners, NeighborLink and a church paid for painting supplies.

The materials were delivered in advance to the work sites so the Mission Serve crews could start as soon as they arrived, DePoy said.

The young people, who are about ages 12 to 18, came as members of their church’s youth groups, DePoy said. But youngsters from different youth groups are mixed together into work crews so they get to meet one another.

The volunteers typically work about 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, though they had Wednesday afternoon off to enjoy fun activities.

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Faith Baptist received help from other local churches to feed the volunteers, which included delivering lunches to work sites.

This is the second year Faith Baptist has been the host for a Mission Serve group in Fort Wayne, DePoy said. It has been a good experience, he added, saying it contributes to the community by doing God’s work.

We sincerely feel that home improvement can change the world because – faith without works is dead, according to St. James. We commend these wonderful volunteers helping with window replacement in a selfless and caring way.