Annually hundreds of youth representing many Christian denominations from across America come together for six days to repair and transform homes in our various communities, performing hands-on home-repair projects for elderly, low income, and disabled families. The work at each home is done by a team of young people, and at least one adult leader. Both labor and materials are free to qualifying households Eligible repair projects may include:
- Porch repair/construction
- Step repair
- Wheelchair ramp repair/construction
- Mobile home skirting
- Exterior painting
- Roofing (no tear offs)
- Interior painting
In 2015, 400 high school aged youth from all over the country met in Boone County to perform much need home improvements to area residences. They are part of the national Group Workcamps mission and are being sponsored by EnAct Community Action. The youth worked on 52 homes throughout Boone County which are owned or occupied by elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals or families.
The students arrived on Sunday and were divided into six person work crews and given their project assignments. Throughout the week, the youth worked on reconstructing sagging porches, building wheelchair ramps, painting, and various other projects.
To help make the work camp possible, EnAct Community Action worked with AEP and Home Depot in obtaining grants for the supplies and materials to be used. In addition, EnAct Community Action teamed up with the Boone County Board of Education to provide the kids a base at Sherman High School where they ate, slept, and prepared for the day. EnAct Community Action cannot that the above sponsors enough for their generosity and support.
Pictured at the right is a before and after shot of a home in Boone County from July’s Workcamp.
Colorado based Group Workcamps facilitates work camp mission trips throughout the United States offering youth the opportunity to participate in providing vital repairs to homes while strengthening their faith. For more information on Group Workcamps visit www.groupmissiontrips.com/