Neighbor in need gets annual home repairs done by church volunteers

One Ellendale, Delaware home is getting much needed maintenance. For four years now, Catholic Heart Work Camp has sent teenage volunteers to help Jerry Guyer make the repairs that he’s not able to do himself.

Jerry Guyer has lived at his home in for 32 years, but he needs some extra hands to help maintain it. “With me being handicapped and disabled, I can’t do it and being on a limited income, I can’t hire people to do it,” he explains.


“It means a lot to me and my wife because they do a great job and they just make my house more presentable and more livable.”


That’s why Catholic Heart Work Camp sends different groups of able-bodied teenagers to make repairs every summer. This year five volunteers came from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“We’re doing the underside of the house and we’re painting the shutters blue,” says Eric Rush of New Jersey.

“Now we’re doing some of the stuff around back,” adds Becca Hauser of Chalfant, Pennsylvania.

The volunteers work 5-and-a-half hours a day Monday through Thursday to make Guyer’s house shine bluer.

“We’re doing some caulking in the bathroom,” says chaperone Mike Treece. “Maybe get to work on some paver stones if time allows.”

Last year volunteers painted the whole house including some rooms inside and this year they’re re-painting the handicap ramp to make it match the siding.

For Guyer, welcoming these helping hands to his home has become a tradition. “It means a lot to me and my wife because they do a great job and they just make my house more presentable and more livable,” he says.

For the volunteers it has become a life lesson. “Sometimes we just take things for granted and I wanted to give back and make someone ease’s life better,” says Meghan Oddy of Flemington, New Jersey.

Catholic Heart Work Camp is spreading their helping hands throughout the whole community. Guyer’s home is actually the second these volunteers have been to this week.

Guyer also receives help from his sponsors: Preston Automotive Group, Ryan McKinley at Southern Delaware Communities, and Cedarfield Ruritan Club. Contact Guyer directly on Facebook to make a donation.

Source: WBOC