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Youth Group To Help Repair Homes
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • Posted May 11, 2010

CTCYM, Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission, is a Christian organization of the United Methodist Church which since 1994 has taken young people into different communities in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Colorado, and Kansas to do basic home repairs and minor construction. They do this work for people who cannot pay for it or who cannot do the work themselves.

In the past, they have built wheelchair ramps, steps, and handrails. They have painted the interior and exterior of homes and have replaced window screens, doors, porches, and sheetrock. They have also done minor roofing repairs and yard work. CTCYM is not Extreme Makeover Home Edition. They will not tear down your house and rebuild it or renovate the entire house.

A work team consists of approximately five junior or senior high school youth supervised by two adults. Their services are provided free. CTCYM can do this because the youth and adults each pay to go on the mission trip and do this work. Churches and other groups also give donations.

CTCYM will be in the Blanco area July 18-23 and they may be able to help you. They do not work on business or rental property, but will consider public parks, cemeteries, etc. Members of the work team will bring their own food and water with them while they work on your home, so there is no need to provide food or drinks to the volunteers. One of the nicest things you can do for the workers is to give them a smile and let them know you are glad they are here.

If you think your home is one they will be able to work on, please contact Joan at the Blanco United Methodist Church at 830-833-5030 or stop by the Good Samaritan Center and talk to Lucy. Referral forms must be filled out and turned in by June 15.

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