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February 2, 2014

Project seeks homeowners in need

DANVILLE — In the middle of winter, most people aren’t thinking about outdoor projects. However, now is the time to sign up for minor home repairs if you’re elderly, handicapped or low income.

“We’re trying to get the word out,” said Jim Anderson, a member of First Presbyterian Church who is heading the project. “People don’t think about home repairs during a snowstorm.”

More than 280 teenagers and adults will come to Danville to improve the homes of local residents this summer. The free repairs will be offered to elderly, handicapped and lower-income Danville-area residents who own their homes.

First Presbyterian is working with the national organization, Group Cares, in bringing the work camp to town from July 7-11. The purpose is to bring a Christian witness to Danville by improving the homes of local residents who are not able to make repairs or pay for them on their own.

Residents who would like to have free home repair assistance may pick up an application at First Presbyterian Church, Faith in Action, Love INC, CRIS Healthy Aging, Laura Lee, and the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.

Applications also will be available at about 25 local churches, so ask your pastor for an application form. Volunteers at First Presbyterian Church will be available to help local residents complete the application forms and can be reached at 442-0541.

Deadline to turn in the application is Feb. 8. However, if the workers need more projects, applications could be accepted later.

The number of homes selected for repairs is determined by the number of work camp participants.

Anderson said about 280 people have signed up for the camp so far, and that number could hit 300. As a result, he wants to make sure there are enough projects to keep the workers busy.

“We’re doing our best to get the word out to people about this wonderful opportunity,” he said.

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