In October of 2021, we celebrated with the City of Dayton the conclusion of the individual homeowner recovery process, following the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. Yet the recovery process has been ongoing for survivors whose rental units were destroyed in that same storm. Now, West Ohio work teams and congregations have the opportunity to serve these neighbors. The Pathways to Home Ownership Project assists families displaced from tornado-damaged rental housing in becoming first-time homeowners. From January 9 to April 2, 2022, the disaster ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be hosting volunteers to finish the interiors of homes as part of this project. Below are more details on how you can help:
14 years of age or older (must have 1 adult for every 4 volunteers under 18)
WORK and SKILLS
Teams should commit to a minimum of 3 days of work; most teams work Monday-Friday
All skill levels are welcome! While some “handyperson” knowledge is helpful, the only necessity is a willingness to work and learn
Volunteers will be doing a variety of interior construction tasks (installing flooring, painting, hanging doors, etc.)
Tools will be provided
A housing site is available at a local church, if needed
Cost of housing is $50/person/week to cover building use and utilities
To mitigate the risks of COVID-19 for our volunteers and the communities we serve, all volunteers who are eligible to receive the vaccine must do so before serving.
There will be site-specific COVID-19 protocols, subject to change according to local health guidelines.
For more information or to register, email Caroline Hamilton-Arnold at caroline [at] weekofcompassion.org with your preferred dates, a point of contact, and your group size (if known).