“Helping a teenager to repair your home is a win-win proposition,” says Pastor Rene Garret of All Soul’s Students in Service to Jesus Christ, or ASSIST-JC, as the young people group from Bangor area churches, is known. Working with GEECA, the Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association, Garret is looking for potential home repairs to be done by supervised teenagers and adults during the week of June 23-28 in Eastport, Pleasant Point, Perry, and the surrounding nearby areas. These might include a leaky roof needing repair, exterior painting, steps that need shoring up, a porch requiring help, installing a handicapped accessible ramp, brush that needs clearing, or windows that need attention. Homeowners, especially those with limited means, are asked to submit their request on forms available at Eastport City Hall, the Labor of Love Food Pantry Nutrition Center, and at area Churches, to GEECA by March 31. As a Christian mission, this service is being offered at no charge, and, though not required, the provision of project supplies always helps to make the work go farther. The key, says Garret, is that local residents are willing to let boisterous, but industrious, supervised young people work around their houses. A leadership team will be in Eastport early in April to evaluate all requests, and talk with homeowners. Completed requests may be sent to the GEECA at P.O. Box 147, Eastport, Maine 04631. With Christian service, Garret stresses, everyone benefits.
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