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Home Repair in Breckenridge, Minnesota

Home Repair in Breckenridge, Minnesota

Located where the Bois de Sioux and Ottertail rivers join to form the Red River, Breckenridge is a beautiful prairie town just across the Red River from Wahpeton, North Dakota. While the two communities offer a unique water park, a zoo, and even an antique carousel, a recent study reveals that 7% of the population lives below the poverty line. The slowdown in the North Dakota oil fields is being felt here, as unemployment has begun to grow.

Each afternoon you’ll return to a comfortable, air-conditioned, modern school just down the street from the water park!

A recent survey shows that over half the area’s housing stock is in need of repair. As young people leave the community in search of jobs, elderly folks are left behind in homes they can no longer maintain. Younger single parents are stretched between low-paying jobs, caring for their children, and trying to keep up with needed repairs. Your help is needed on a variety of jobs—new paint to protect siding from fierce winter storms, wheelchair ramps for aging homeowners, safe porches for children to play on, and more.

Our partners are two established anti-poverty agencies, both of whom have co-sponsored several Group Workcamps in the past. They are now joining forces to serve this community. Our partnership with them represents a long-term commitment to improving homes and lives in the Breckenridge area.

Home Repair in Parsons, Kansas

Home Repair in Parsons, Kansas

Parsons was founded in 1870 to be the headquarters of the Kansas Missouri Texas Railroad, better known as the “Katy Railroad.” During and after World War II, it was home to a plant that supplied ammunition to our armed forces. But the sale of the railroad in the late 1980s led to the loss of jobs and broke a link to the city’s history. The military tried to close the ammunition plant in 2005, though today it still operates in a limited capacity. Today almost 15% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Your group will stay in a modern school facility with tons of showers—private for the girls—a huge cafeteria, and air-conditioning throughout.

Your group can expect to bring new life to aging homes through interior and exterior painting as well as other light carpentry projects, including construction of porches and wheelchair ramps. Projects will be specially scaled for both Junior and Senior High students.

Our partner in Parsons is a leading local church that has already co-sponsored several Workcamps with us over the past several years. They have an outstanding track record of serving their needy neighbors and supporting our goal of encouraging spiritual growth in youth!

Home Repair in Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Home Repair in Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Just a short distance from Pittsburg, Uniontown settles among the rolling highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. In 1967, Uniontown was the birthplace of the McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich, and there is even a museum to mark the popular snack and icon of fast food. As with most communities in this region, Uniontown’s economy waned during the recent deindustrialization, when the steel industry restructured and many jobs went elsewhere, including offshore. This decline continues today and the population is about half its peak of 1940.

A large modern school awaits your group in Uniontown. Well within reach of the main downtown, perched on a hill with great views, with ample space for the groups, this air-conditioned facility will be a great temporary home for your group. Enjoy the track and large fields for recreation as well.

A variety of jobs await you here. Many homes just need a spruce up with paint. Others need a completely new porch. Ramps are also planned. Impacting specific neighborhoods and clusters of homes and residents with needs in the city are foremost in the plan.

After a brief time away from hosting Workcamps, our local community development partner is back to impact the community through home repairs. Other services they provide include a food bank, employment education, youth services, retired citizen programs, financial and tax counseling, and WIC. Clearly, our partner is plugged into and helping the entire community.

Home Repair in Owego, New York

Home Repair in Owego, New York

In 2009, a travel magazine recognized Owego with the title “The Coolest Small Town in America.” It’s easy to see why as you browse the unique shops and restaurants along Front and Lake Streets. On the banks of the Susquehanna River, Owego is surrounded by forested, round-top mountains. This is farm country—a welcoming place where people stop to visit with each other and fireflies dance above green fields on mild summer evenings.

Each day your group will come home to a recently-built school with beautiful views of the surrounding forests and mountains and private showers!

Hidden among these forested hills are true human needs. The Appalachian Regional Commission officially recognizes the entire county as part of Appalachia. The economy has never been very strong here. Traditionally it has revolved around small-scale farming and timber. A well-known electronics manufacturer had a good run for a while, but the company pulled out years ago.

Things got even worse in September 2011 when a huge flood affected most of the town. An elementary school was totally wiped out and hundreds of houses were damaged so badly they had to be abandoned. Many still sit empty today.

Countywide, over 1 in 5 children are living in food-insecure households, and over half of school students qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Group Mission Trips has partnered with the area’s leading anti-poverty agency in an ongoing commitment to improve the lives of their needy neighbors for nearly a decade. Their dedicated home-repair professionals spend nearly a year preparing for your arrival, visiting houses, screening residents, and selecting projects that will make the biggest impact on their homes.

Home Repair in Troy, Missouri

Home Repair in Troy, Missouri

Group Mission Trips last served here in 2013. Nearly 400 people had a blast in this small town not far from the city of St. Louis. This is farm country—a land of lush, green fields and a relaxed, friendly lifestyle where groups like yours are welcomed by the entire community. We were treated so well here last time, we are so grateful to be going back!

The school where you will be staying is beautiful. There is air conditioning and private showers. And since this is farm country, get ready to have some fantastic food! Our hosts are planning to serve you tasty meals using fresh, local ingredients all week long.

Expect a little of everything here. Like most communities that rely heavily upon agriculture, there is certainly plenty of need to go around. Many of the residents you serve will be older people who have worked hard all their lives, but they now need your help to maintain their homes. Whether you brighten dark rooms with brilliant new paint, or fix a dangerous set of rickety steps, you’ll bring the love of Christ to those you serve.

Our partner here is a dedicated group of local churches—people from every sector of the community. Back in 2013 they absolutely blew us away with their hospitality. You and your group will truly feel welcomed here.

Home Repair in Sullivan, Illinois

Home Repair in Sullivan, Illinois

With some of the most fertile land in the state, Sullivan is primarily a farming community. People here are friendly, easy-going, and proud of their town. It’s like a taste of years gone by, when America was primarily a nation of small towns surrounded by farms and newcomers to the community were never strangers for long. Your group will feel welcome here!

You’ll stay in a modern, air-conditioned school right across the street from both a beautiful park and the Sullivan Civic Center, with a pool.

There’s no doubt about it—agriculture simply doesn’t pay off the way it used to. With the increase in mechanization, fewer people are needed to work on farms. As in so many communities across America, jobs are scarce and younger people have left in search of work. As a consequence, elderly people are left with the weight of accumulating years and struggle to maintain their aging homes. Younger people who stay also struggle to make ends meet with low-paying jobs.

Projects will vary, from light carpentry and simple repairs to construction of sturdy decks to provide safe entry into homes.

Our partner here is a well-known and respected local church attended by many of the community’s leaders. They last served their community with a Workcamp in 2007 and did such an awesome job that we couldn’t wait to return to their town! Because many of the church members go to Workcamps themselves, they know how to treat groups like yours.

Home Repair in Cedar Grove, West Virginia

Home Repair in Cedar Grove, West Virginia

Decades ago this was a thriving mining area. Now, not so much. But the community retains a small-town character and is largely composed of residential neighborhoods that follow the flow of the Kanawha River. Many of these neighborhoods were developed in the early 1900s around coal-mining operations. These West Virginians are a strong people who have contributed much to this nation’s success.

Now, many have been left behind with disabilities and Black Lung disease. They deserve decent housing, not the often-found run-down coal camp houses, and dilapidated trailers. This is where your group can really help. Your experience will be rich and historical, as you make new friends whom you’ll never forget and make real, practical differences in someone’s life. You will be hard pressed to find a more appreciative resident than when you work for a West Virginian.

The community school where your group will stay is located in a town that embraces our participants each year we arrive. It is large and long as a traditionally designed school that used to be one of several high schools during the coal industry heyday. Plenty of classrooms with air conditioning, cozy but welcoming cafeteria, lots of space to meet as a small group are all here. The gym is huge but warm as they need to cool it with fans and ceiling vents. Don’t worry though, the valley often experiences cool breezes.

Home Repair in Red Lake, Minnesota

Home Repair in Red Lake, Minnesota

This is the homeland of the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe whose ancestors were living here long before Europeans arrived. This is one of the few “closed” reservations—so called because the tribe has continually stood up to the government by refusing to divide and sell off their lands. Many people here still earn a living by fishing in the lake, and they supplement their diet by hunting game in the dense woods.

Your group will be staying in a clean, modern school right in Red Lake. And new this year, you will have access to more newly renovated showers just a short distance away!