For many of the homeowners our housing rehabilitation ministry serves, a house is something that’s passed from generation to generation.
Recently, we started working on a home owned by a single mom. The home was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and repaired by volunteers. Since those repairs, though, the roof has started leaking and the moisture has damaged the interior of the house. We also identified rotting siding, posts, fascia, and windows. Since work started on this project, we’ve replaced the roof, siding, and windows, and we’re continuing work on the exterior and interior.
The homeowner has been great. And her teenage son has been, as Assistant for Housing Recovery Benji Benzschawel puts it, “an active and enjoyable volunteer.” He worked with volunteer groups after Katrina when he was three or four. He’s working with our volunteer groups now.
And he’s looking forward to raising his family in this home when he’s older. This house will be a legacy for him and, hopefully, for his children and grandchildren.
That’s the power of Back Bay Mission’s housing rehabilitation ministry: making a rotting house into something that can be passed from generation to generation.
But we can’t do it without you.
We’ve been working hard to raise $200,000 in 2016 for housing rehabilitation projects in 2017. Thanks to 187 individuals, families, and congregations, we’re almost halfway to that goal. As of September 19, we’ve raised $82,430.
Can you join us and give the gift of home today?
$50 can purchase a range hood for a project.
$100 can buy tools and materials for the program.
$250 can provide an over-the-range microwave with exhaust.