Kentucky Changers Repairing Russellville Homes

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

While many teens are heading to camps for the summer there are some who are using their break for a different reason.

Over 300 teens and youth from across the state are participating in the Kentucky Changers program, a mission program that does exterior home repairs for low-income families.

The group is making a difference by repairing 29 homes Russellville.

"I've done roofing and I've done painting on a stucco house to regular houses, but this is my first year doing siding on a house so it's very interesting", says volunteer, Cecilia Jones.

This is Cecilia Jone's fifth year participating in the Kentucky Changers program.

"Fixing up low-income houses for people who might not be able to do it themselves", says Jones.

There's one thing that keeps her coming back.

"It gives me a good feeling of hope and well-being of being able to help someone and not getting anything in return", says Jones.

For homeowners like Patsy Sandlin, who put in an application for help on her home, a little help goes a long way.

"I praise God for letting me be chosen", says Sandlin.

Sandlin says she couldn't have done the work these teens are doing.

"No! I don't think so. I'm not qualified to do that", says Sandlin.

Participants pay $180 dollars to be involved in the Kentucky Changers program, but they say this experience is priceless.

"It's very exciting. I love to see the smile upon the homeowners faces and the joy that they get out of us being here", says Cecila Jones.

But, these teens have a bigger mission they are taking on besides the houses.

"We're working, but it's God doing the work through us. It's not just something we do on the outside, but it's something we can help people with in their hearts, in their spirit", says volunteer, Lucas Simmons.

Something that these teens are hoping to leave behind with the homeowners, besides the finished product.

"I'm gonna miss them when they're gone", says homeowner, Patsy Sandlin.

Twenty churches from across the state were involved in repairing the homes in Russellville through the Kentucky Baptist Convention. The repairs do not cost anything for the homeowners.

On June 23, 2007 volunteers will begin work in Maysville and then will help in Monticello in July.

For more on the Kentucky Changers, click on the following link:

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