The Kentucky Changers ministry has been providing exterior home repairs at no cost to low-income houses across the commonwealth for 29 years. The volunteer organization started work in Owensboro on Monday and will be here for most of the week.
Approximately 150 volunteers are completing 18 projects this week, 16 of which are in Owensboro. Each house requires different levels of assistance — such as roofing, painting, siding, landscaping, deck or ramp construction, or a combination of those.
“The people that we serve usually don’t have the money or resources to be able to get these repairs done,” ministry team member Kelley Huber said. “So the volunteers come in and we’re able to provide all the materials and labor for them for free and share our love for Christ with them.”
Kentucky Changers serves as a “mission trip” for student and adult volunteers, most of whom come from Baptist churches across the state to help with the projects, Huber said. The goal of the organization is to “mobilize students to live the Gospel throughout the commonwealth.”
“We hope that the students who come here this week can get the understanding that they don’t have to come here to help,” project coordinator Joe Ball said. “They can also help in the community that they came from.”
The ministry team takes the time to get to know the homeowners they are assisting and to ask how they can be in prayer for him or her.
Donnie Tyler lives at one of this week’s project sites and expressed much gratitude for help he is receiving.
“It means a lot to me that these people are going to beautify my home,” Tyler said. “They are a wonderful group.”
To learn more about Kentucky Changers and the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) it is under, visit Student Kentucky Changers – KENTUCKY WOMANS MISSIONARY UNION, INC. (kywmu.org).