Kids Repairing Homes, Restoring Hope

This is not your typical camp experience. These summer campers are painting gutters, nailing new siding, and repairing roofs for homeowners who can’t do it themselves. The Good Neighbors Home Repair non-profit put teens to work, teaching them practical home repair skills and offering them the chance to serve the less fortunate. Their goal is to make homes warmer, safer, and dryer.

And perhaps the best part is that they are doing this right in their backyards. Similar “mission trips” often involve buying airline tickets, arranging hotel accommodations, restaurant meals and more. Good Neighbors helps those less fortunate right here at home, in Chester County. “There is a lot of poverty on our local community,” said volunteer Ryan Bosse, who, along with his younger brother Kyle, an 11th grader at Tower Hill School, is taking part in this week-long camp experience.

This summer some 50 youth from five churches, including the Hockessin United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark, will work on a variety of home improvement projects. They will share meals together, collaborate on ideas, enjoying evening “camping” activities and spend their nights at the Avondale Presbyterian Church.

“Some home owners have severe structural damage that they cannot repair themselves — financially of physically,” said Good Neighbors Executive Director Rob Ellis. “We are really fortunate to be able to teach these kids the skills they need to come out and lend a hand. They are making a huge difference in the lives of many families right here at home.”

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