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Demolition Week with Youth from Chicago’s Mercy Home

This double-wide had to go! Thankfully we had 11 strong & energetic volunteers from Chicago’s Mercy Home to help us out!

013Before: We were unable to use this old double-wide and needed to dispose of it

A few times a year we have the unique privilege to host groups from various Universities and organizations who desire to spend a week volunteering with us. Last week we were joined by an energetic group of young men and their chaperones who drove all the way from Chicago. St. Matthew United Methodist Church graciously hosted our volunteers from Mercy Home for Boys and Girls which is a supportive home for children in crisis. Some of the youth who visited had found their way to Mercy Home for all different reasons including poverty, lack of familial support, former gang involvement, past or current substance abuse issues, and so on. Two of the young men were refugees seeking assylum from war-torn Somalia. As a staff we were so impressed by the work-ethic and enthusiastic attitude of our volunteers. We learned from them just as they had the opportunity to learn from our staff and interns about our ministry. It was a beautiful thing!

Check out all that was accomplished during their time with us:

190Gearing up to pull it down!

Watch the Homes of Hope van take down the double-wide in our video here!

193Our volunteers stand where the trailer used to be!
1313070836027Nothing left but the frame!
024It's gone! Can you believe all they accomplished in one week?
033Homes of Hope & Mercy Homes-- Thank you!