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Should We Take the Project?

Once your home repair team is taking projects it is important to have criteria by which you can make a "go/no go" decision.

It is generally good practice not to make a snap decision on helping if there is any doubt. Get back to the team and talk about it. Make a visit or even multiple visits to the site with more people, if questions remain. It is easy to tell the homeowner that you need to present the information to the team so that they can make a decision.

Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. It could be as simple as sending a father and son to change the flush mechanism of a leaky toilet. It may not even be necessary to make a pre-project site visit. Let the person visiting the site evaluate and complete a project if possible.

What criteria will be used to evaluate a project and Go/No Go?

Projects should be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Broken down houseSize: Is it feasible for the team to tackle the project in terms of time and people needed?
  • Safety: Can you do the project without putting the homeowner, ministry, or volunteers at risk?
  • Skills Required: Does the team have the skills required to complete the project? You can run off your volunteers if you give them projects that they don't know how to handle.
  • Repair or Improvement: If the project is deemed a repair, it is eligible for volunteer assistance. If an improvement, unless it is absolutely necessary, it automatically becomes a referral to a professional. The exception to this is when an improvement is necessary because of a specific, critical situation (i.e. handicapped ramps). Sometimes special projects (playgrounds, fences) are considered if they make the home more “livable” for adults or children.
  • Financial Situation: While the ministry does not have rigid income requirements for assistance, the financial situation of the homeowner is considered. If the homeowner is struggling financially, then help may be offered based on assistance from a financial ministry.

What Tools Should Your Home Repair Ministry Keep On Hand?

from freeimages.com / J Boontje

from freeimages.com / J. Boontje

Depending on the size and complexity of the ministry, groups may wish to maintain a set of tools or rely upon volunteers to bring their own. For a list of recommended tools, see the "Suggested Tool List"¨ below. If volunteers are expected to bring their own tools, they should be made aware of this need at the time of their recruitment. Any promise by the ministry to replace personal tools that are broken or stolen during a home repair project should also be made known.

We suggest each team member bring with him/her the following:

  • Hammer
  • Pair of work gloves
  • Pencil
  • Eye protection, dust mask
  • Nail apron

Additional useful tools to have access to:

  • Tape measure
  • Screwdrivers (Phillips and straight, manual and/or electric)
  • Chisels
  • Utility knife
  • Adjustable pliers, needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Flashlight
  • Painting tools - 4" brush, roller & paint pan, masking tape, scraper, drop cloths, spackle, sandpaper
  • Speed square and team framing square
  • Chalk line
  • A selection of nails and screws
  • Putty knives
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Circular saw
  • Variable speed/reversible drill, drill bits, screwdriver bits
  • WD-40 or equivalent
  • Sawhorse set and plywood tabletop
  • Ladders (both A-frame and extension)
  • Hand saw, wrecking bar, pry bar, level
  • Extension cords and two prong adopter
  • Clean-up supplies (trash bage, paper towels, hand cleanser, etc.)
  • Ice chest full of water, sport drinks, soda

Plus any other tools specific to the project undertaken.


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The Purpose of A Home Repair Ministry Team

Churches Serving TogetherThe purpose of the local church home repairs team is to serve hurting people and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to them by first addressing a physical need: that of home maintenance and repairs. Home Repair teams can also serve other support agencies, organizations, and non-profit ministries who serve the needy in their community.

Any homeowner knows that there never seems to be enough time for all of the home repairs and maintenance a house requires. For most of us, this is an overwhelming but attainable job. For many widows, single moms, elderly people, disabled people, and non-profit ministries, this is an impossible job due to lack of funds, skills, and/or knowledge. The local church home repairs team exists to meet this need.

The goal of the team is to address a physical need while showing those they serve Jesus, the Master Carpenter, whose “home repairs” never break or wear out, and to connect them when possible to other ministries within a local church and the Christian community as a whole.

Interested, but don't know where to start? We have resources to help you get started.


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