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April 29, 2014

Methodist kids want houses to fix up

DUNCAN — Anyone need their house fixed up?

  Duncan is among the Oklahoma towns chosen this year for a Methodist “Youth Force” camp in which young people from around the state come together to make home repairs for folks who could use some help.

 Nine homes in Duncan so far have been selected for the fix-up program.

  “But we need more,” said Justin Sommer, youth pastor at First United Methodist Church.

   The goal is to make repairs to 20 homes during four days in June.

   The work could include putting vinyl siding on a home, building porches or ramps or taking on needed landscaping, Sommer said.

   “If we can’t get it done in a week, we don’t want to take it on because we don’t want to leave a job half-finished,” he said.

    Sommer said it’s good for the Methodist young folks “get their hands dirty” helping someone who needs it.

    “For some it means even more if it’s in their hometown,” he said, because the volunteer workers can drive by their project sites and see the fruits of their labor.

    Sommer expects 20 to 30 Duncan young people to participate. The rest of the 200 or so participants will come from around the state, he said.

   Participants range from sixth graders to high school seniors, with a few college-age kids mixed in.

    Adults who are experienced in home repairs will participate to make sure everything is done correctedly for the homeowners.

    “It doesn’t cost them a dime,” said Gina Flesher, who donates her time to be the camp’s registered nurse.

    The kids, she said, “get up with the chickens” and then work all day before going back to camp headquarters for rest and worship.

   “The coolest part is we invite the families we’ve helped to come and worship with us,” said Flesher.

    The Youth Force camp in Duncan will be headquartered at First United Methodist Church and begin on June 15 and end June 20. The work will take place Monday through Thursday that week.

    Anyone who wishes to have their home considered for the Youth Force repair teams can apply through Christians Concerned, the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Duncan Senior Citizens Center or the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments, according to Sommer.

   

    

 

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