Volunteers help woman improve home

WARREN – Volunteers with the Warren Family Mission have been helping to cut grass on vacant properties in the city and also lent a hand recently to a local Milton Street resident needing help on her home.

Pastor Chris Gilger with the mission said 10 volunteers helped to clean up the property and power-wash and repaint the homes of elderly residents needing assistance.

“It was in bad shape as was the house next door. We wanted to help her repair her home. When we first came here and saw the situation, we knew it would be a lot of work,” said Gilger, who was contacted by Bob Pinti of the city’s health department about assisting the woman.

He said the house was overgrown with vegetation, and the neighbor’s home had all kinds of debris on the property.

“The men worked very hard cutting away all the overgrown shrubs and vegetation,” he said.

The workers also were set to clean and repaint the garage as well as remove a tree stump over the five-day project. Gilger said the effort was part of community service being done by the men.

Menno Hostetler, a volunteer, was in charge of the scraping and painting of the home.

“It’s been a blessing to help her. The house was in real poor shape and needed work done,” Hostetler said as he used blue paint on the two-story home.

Michelle Beauchene with the mission said often the mission is contacted by individuals, and in this case, by a city official, to see what could be done to help.

“Many residents because of their health or age do not always have the means to do the work themselves,” she said.

Most of the work was to the interior of the home but some was also done inside.

Hostetler said the resident wanted to buy the men pizza but they felt that was not necessary.

“It makes you feel really good to know you are helping someone,” he said.

Gilger said the neighbor’s property on the one side was also in need of work.

He said donations of paint and other items made the project possible in addition to what the mission purchased on its own.

Gilger said since spring they have helped the city cut more than 20 lawns.

“There is so much debris and garbage on many of the vacant lots. You have to remove that first before you can begin cutting the lawn,” he said.