Youth teams coming to repair churches' flood damage

Friday, June 13, 2008

BERRYVILLE -- Seven youth teams are scheduled to come to Carroll County to help people repair flood damage during the week of June 16-20.

The teams will consider doing any type of work, except on plumbing and electrical lines, and are part of some 2,000 young people from the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, who will be in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, helping with recovery from tornado and storm damage occurring in April and May.

So far only two places have been selected, one being a prolonged project in Green Forest, and a second in  Eureka Springs.

Among the repairs the teams will take care of are wheelchair ramps, steps, handrails, interior and exterior painting, minor roofing, windows, screens, replacement of sheet rock, doors and porches, and cleaning, trash hauling and yard work. Other projects will be considered.

Persons wanting to be considered for the program must own the residence, or be parents who live in a home owned by a child or similar situations, Bennett said.

The services are provided free of charge, with expenses being paid by the volunteers, churches and other groups. Work teams also provide their own food and water while on the job.

A work team consists of five youth, primarily high school students, and two adults.

Forms for consideration to participate in the program can be obtained from the United Methodist Church of Berryville, telephone (870) 423-2505; or from the 911 office at 423-7373.

Participants will be contacted by telephone or in person prior to the start of any work.

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