GOSHEN — More than a dozen homes in Goshen will get a facelift as part of LaCasa Inc.’s 24th Help-a-House Day, an event that draws a legion of volunteers to the city to fix up homes for low-income families and seniors.
Roughly 180 volunteers have signed up to help at this year’s event Saturday, May 10. They will work on 16 homes scattered throughout the city. Some are owner-occupied houses and others are rental properties owned by LaCasa, a nonprofit organization that focuses on community housing development.
Work will range from roof repairs and window replacements to painting and landscaping. More complex improvements, like electrical work and furnace replacements, will begin Saturday and continue throughout the summer.
Volunteers include local businesses, students from Goshen College, groups from area churches and teens who go to school in Elkhart County. The volunteers will meet at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, when they will fuel up with pancakes and get their work assignments. Work will start at the houses by 8 a.m. and wrap up in the afternoon.
“Most volunteers come out with the idea that they really want to help someone, and this is an easy way to do it,” said Bonnie Martin, LaCasa’s vice president of development. “We figure out what work they can get done, and they come out and help and feel good afterwards about spending a day really helping someone in their community.”
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