Church group helps repair Appalachian homes

HARD  WORKERS—The members of the Rockford United Methodist Church Appalachia Service Project Team sit on the steps of the Union Church in Berea, Kentucky, where they stop each year for Sensitivity Training and church on Sunday.

HARD WORKERS—The members of the Rockford United Methodist Church Appalachia Service Project Team sit on the steps of the Union Church in Berea, Kentucky, where they stop each year for Sensitivity Training and church on Sunday.

From Rockford United Methodist Church, 34 youth and adults left on Saturday, July 11, for a week to Wyoming County, West Virginia, where they helped repair five homes, mostly due to flood damage. The five crews sided, roofed, underpinned, insulated, drywalled, and painted a room addition for a family with three children; built a rooster roof over a mobile home that had severe roof leaking; remodeled a bathroom making it handicap-accessible for an elderly woman who recently became wheelchair-bound, and built a pump house; installed a humungous retaining wall for a Hatfield descendent; and shored up the foundation of a mobile home and repaired the bathroom floor where the tub had fallen out of it, for a family.

The Appalachia Service Project team from the church raise money each year to go the hollers of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia to make homes safer, warmer and drier by holding a cake auction every February at the church, hosting a Corner Bar Night, and picking up the trash for the Rockford Start of Summer Committee each year. If you would like to help fund this worthwhile cause, please send donations to RUMC, c/o ASP, 159 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341.

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