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Volunteers help rebuild unsafe homes

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Volunteers from across the country are in the area to help the less fortunate by rebuilding homes that have been deemed unsafe. Volunteers from across the country are in the area to help the less fortunate by rebuilding homes that have been deemed unsafe.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Volunteers from across the country are in the area to help the less fortunate by rebuilding homes that have been deemed unsafe.

Over 70 elderly and disabled persons in Brunswick County are getting a helping hand from strangers.

More than 250 volunteers are on a mission to complete 30 home repair projects in just three weeks and it happening all over the county.

Volunteers from Brunswick Housing Opportunities have teamed up with Life Builders- a Christian Endeavors Work Camp of Pennsylvania in an effort to reduce substandard housing in our area.

At one house in Supply, they've already repaired and painted the front deck, re-floored the kitchen, and done some plumbing and other work to the master bedroom.

Homeowner Shirley Coates says it's a blessing.

"God has blessed me," said Coates. "I think it's so wonderful that these volunteers who you've never met before would come into your home and be willing to give their time to help."

The teenage volunteers arrived in cars, vans and buses ready to work for the next five days.  

They brought everything with them including volunteer cooks, cleaning crew, drivers and construction crew leaders. 

The group is not only making homes stronger and safer across the community but Sam Yeager, an organizer for Life Builders Work Camps says this program also provides an opportunity for teens to exercise their faith by working on projects for the elderly and less fortunate.

"They're learning and building relationships amongst themselves," said Yeager. "But they're also learning to serve other people and to put themselves to the side and to look out for others needs."

The Home Preservation Committee continues to work raising money throughout the year to support these volunteer programs like this.

For more information on how you can help, click here.

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