Teenage volunteers pay to build homes in area

More than 100 teenagers voluntarily donated their time and money this week to help rebuild and improve homes in our area as part of the Kentucky Changers, but their efforts help more than just the community.

The teenagers help put up siding, paint, and build roofs. Close to 100 teenagers signed up to build homes in the area. While they learn trade skills, they say they learn so much more than that.

Helen Campbell and Caleb Spain say they’ll always remember sweating in the sun. They say it can be frustrating at times, but they agree seeing how their hammers are helpful is even more memorable.

Campbell and Spain worked all week to restore deteriorating siding for a deserving family. They say the house was two to three times worse than pictured when they got to the home.

They both remember when the homeowner came and visited the team for the first time after their work was finished.

“She came over yesterday, and right when she saw the house she started crying,” Spain says.

It’s only one of the projects Kentucky Changers Director Peggy Murphy with the Kentucky Baptist Convention says benefits everyone. She says for some of the kids it’s their first experience of this kind.

“At home they may not turn their hand, but here it’s the atmosphere and the opportunity to give back,” Murphy says.

Murphy says the projects teach a new lifestyle and help improve the lives of people surrounding them.

Campbell and Spain say they’re motivated by the people they meet, and the faith they continue to learn.

“I feel like God needs me to be here and to serve others,” Campbell says.

Each teenager paid $200 apiece to take part in the week-long program, and the project will return to the area next year.

The Kentucky Changers will be in Calloway County in 201. It takes 18 months to process a home owner’s work request.

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