In this picture you see Tom Hilferty, Senior Project Manager, and a happy Mercedes-Benz salesman standing in front of our new repair van. This van was purchased through a grant from a local foundation who gives to non-profits to build greater capacity. We need this new capacity since the number of repairs has doubled in the last five or six years. In 2016 inquires came in at a higher rate than ever before, giving us a growing backlog of repairs to be done.
This van has a high-efficiency diesel engine and it has the "high top" design that allows Tom and other Project Managers to stand up in it without having to crouch down. The greater height permits more shelves for all of the parts and tools we need to perform the repairs. All in all, this is a good long-term investment.
It is the first week of the year and we are so grateful for the way that God has blessed Good Neighbors through many generous donors, especially in the month of December.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Good Neighbors, which started in 1992 when Jay Malthaner and group of handy men from his weekly Bible study decided to do repairs for local residents who could not afford necessary work to keep their homes "warmer, safer, drier and healthier". The rest, as they say, is history.
Good Neighbors has big plans for this year:
Winter is an incredibly hard time for people who have inadequate or broken heaters. Just yesterday, we heard from a family whose heater went out and they are using space heaters for the whole house. This is neither safe nor efficient.
If you are willing and able to support heater repair and replacement, please click here to give on-line or to send a check. We are grateful for all gifts, large or small. They all add up to restoring hope by repairing homes.
Thank you and Happy New Year!