Churches take on home rehab projects
Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:00 AM
A group of local churches will launch their first Madison Mission Week on Monday, focusing on several housing rehabilitation projects in the area.
The weeklong cooperative effort was created by teens and adults from Madison North United Methodist Church but has been expanded to include more than 10 other churches.
The project organizers ask all local churches to share time, donations for materials and meals for the workers.
Kim Mahoney, one of the program organizers, said she expects between 80 to 100 volunteers, most of whom will be youth workers. Organizers will provide lunch at each work site.
Madison Consolidated High School will host the youth workers in the cafeteria as a makeshift mission center and lodging area the entire week. The volunteers will hold check-in at the school on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a worship service at North United Methodist Church from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Mahoney said the planning began in the fall after several local teens returned from a mission trip in Tennessee.
Macky Hecox, who attends Madison North United Methodist, took the lead and encouraged her church to provide a similar program in Madison.
"She just wouldn't let it go," Mahoney said of Hecox.
Throughout the week, volunteers will perform minor home repairs such as painting, landscaping and roofing. They have scheduled work at four different sites already.