Suggestions for a Local Short-Term Home Repair Mission Trip
So how do you start looking for your short-term mission trip opportunity? Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Contact your local or county senior services agency volunteers coordinator to see what they know needs volunteers.
• Contact Dept. of Family and Children’s Services (or whatever it is called near you) to see whether they know of a low-income family fostering children and in need of home repair help. This is especially needed where there are teens being fostered.
• Contact agencies that help people with disabilities to see if they can direct you to a need.
• Are there single mothers in your church network (members and their extended families and neighbors) whose homes need attention but cannot pay for maintenance?
• Has there been a localized disaster, e.g. a flood or tornado that swept through a neighborhood (though it may not officially be a declared emergency, see how those in the path feel about it)? Contact your county or state Emergency Management Agency to see whom to contact about helping.
• Inner-city/low-income neighborhood church leaders often know of someone in their congregation who needs help. Use the opportunity to serve alongside other Christ-followers.
• Make sure that you have a waiver to cover accidents and your team. Also, make sure that your team members are insured!
So How Do I Start a Home Repairs Team?
Now that you’ve got a project, how do you start a team and what do you need? We’ve created a website – www.homerepairs.org – where we have collected the resources that can help you start up your own home repairs ministry at your church. You’ll find articles and forms that will take you through all phases of starting and running a ministry, a blog with posts from the front-lines of the ministry, a forum to ask and answer your tough questions (coming soon) and a list of churches by area to help you partner with other like-minded Christians. Sign up today and get your short term mission or youth trip ready for the summer!
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