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.