The Gifts of the Young
Harold Naylor, Executive Director
This is a picture of the first gift that I have received for Good Neighbors since I became the new Executive Director only four weeks ago. I was honored to receive this generous gift from one of the many local churches who support the work we do in the community.
First Baptist Church of Kennett Square held their Vacation Bible School this week. The leaders chose our ministry to be the recipient of the students' contributions which they earned by doing chores around their houses. This week we were blessed with the hard work and dedication of 42 children who want to serve.
Similarly, we held our annual summer Youth Camp last week where 42 high school students plus another thirty adults performed major repairs to three homes. These students gave the gifts of time and talent to low-income home owners in Southern Chester County. Not only do these youth give their gifts, they do it with the joy that comes when we are doing the Lord's will, helping the widows, orphans and others in need.
I am so grateful to God for bringing me to this great organization that plows vast Kingdom resources into rebuilding homes and restoring hope to people who may have given up. It has been said that Good Neighbors Home Repair Ministry creates a win-win-win: the home owners with a repaired home, the volunteers who give back to the less fortunate, and the ministry itself as we are able to mobilize others and do even more repairs year after year.
Lastly, I challenged the VBS boys and girls to join other teens in a few years to help repair homes in their neighborhoods. That's a good message for each of us, too. What have we been given that can be used to provide relief to one of our neighbors? Whether you do it through Good Neighbors Home Repair or on your own, you are giving a cup of cool water to person who is thirsty.
Because of folks like you, there is a $3 of impact for every dollar that is contributed. This leverage occurs because of volunteers and many other donations.
Thank you for your prayers and other support.
Repairing Homes and Restoring Hope in Delaware
God has enabled Good Neighbors to bless families in southern Chester County for twenty four years. We have great people and processes and we have a desire to help eliminate substandard housing in neighboring New Castle County.
To this end and to enlist advice and support, the board and staff are hosting an Information Night on Thursday October 13. We are inviting anyone with interest to come and hear about our early plans as we expand into northern New Castle County. For more information and to reserve a space, please contact the Good Neighbors office at 610-444-1860 or email us at info@GoodNeighborsHomeRepair.org.
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