Volunteers work to repair homes during La Casa’s Help-A-House

LaCasa's annual Help-A-House event helps repair houses and spirits.

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 9, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

GOSHEN — Maple City homes are in line for a helping hand — or hands.

Hundreds of volunteers will work to repair Goshen homes on Saturday, May 11, during LaCasa’s Help-A-House Community Work Day.

Volunteers will paint, replace roofs and windows and fix porches. Organizers will be assigned crews of workers to sites beginning at 7 a.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church.

In its 23rd year, Help-A-House assists individuals who would otherwise be unable to pay for the repairs or do them on their own.

“I need new windows put in my house, which is what they are going to do,” said Beatrice Huffman. “They’re going to make my bathroom handicap accessible too, which will help a lot.”

After recently losing her husband and working with a limited income, Huffman is grateful for the work Help-A-House does.

“They’re just good people to work with,” said Huffman.

Those volunteering enjoy the opportunity to work with others in improving these homes.

“It’s a great way to help the people in our community,” said Tim Short, a construction company owner in Goshen who has been working with the program for over 15 years.

While some volunteers sign on as a group, including area churches, service groups, local companies and schools, individuals of any skill set are also encouraged to volunteer.

“You can explain your skill level and what you are capable of doing and you’re matched up with a project,” said Short. “If individuals volunteer, they will get placed wherever people are needed or give them a job based on skill. If they don’t really have any skills, there is always clean-up and other things to do.”

Those interested in volunteering for next year’s program as a sponsor or volunteer can contact Kate Irelan at 533-4450 and sign up or receive more information.

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