Volunteers spruce up Goshen homes through annual Help-A-House event

Groups worked on several Goshen homes Saturday, May 11, as a part of LaCasa's annual Help-a-House Community Work Day.

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 11, 2013 at 5:42 p.m.

GOSHEN — Volunteers helped repair and fix up several Goshen homes Saturday, May 11, as a part of LaCasa’s annual Help-A-House Community Work Day.

Crews worked at 18 different sites, re-shingling roofs, mulching flower beds, replacing siding and performing a variety of other jobs at homes where the owners wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise, said Bonnie Martin, vice president of development for LaCasa.

Martin said that 300 people were at the pancake breakfast where crews get organized at St. Mark’s Methodist Church that morning, but wouldn’t know the exact number of volunteers that turned out until later.

Signs around Goshen pointed out the different homes where crews worked.

“This is our most visible event,” Martin said.

A group of 11 from Pleasant View Mennonite Church painted at a house on South 13th Street in Goshen.

Drew Frey noted how the day can be a great time of having fun with friends, while also helping others in the community.

Cindy Helmuth, also from Pleasant View, said that laughing and talking with those from her church also helped her not focus on how cold she was on a day that was chillier it has been recently. She came out, though, to help others.

“I think that God commands us to be servants to others,” she said. “So as long as I’m able-bodied, I think that’s something God instructed me to do.”

Dave Slovinski and a group of about 20 from St. Mark’s were working on the roof of a home on South 22nd Street in Goshen.

It’s something a group from the church joins in doing every year to help reach out to the community, he explained.

The roofing work provided plenty for the group to do and Slovinski said, “We’ll work ‘til we’re whupped.”

Martin said plans are in process to have a similar sort of day for an Elkhart neighborhood and that LaCasa recently received partial funding for a project to do similar sorts of repairs for homes of seniors living outside Goshen and Elkhart city limits.

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