TeenServe volunteers looking for local homes needing work


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Participants in the TeenServe youth outreach organization will be returning to the area this summer to help local residents with basic home improvement work.

Between 60 and 80 homes will receive free services, but only 25 home owners have expressed interest so far.

Homes within 25 miles of the North Dickinson School in Felch are eligible. This area includes Felch, Sagola, Channing, and Iron Mountain.

The TeenServe mission will run from Sunday, June 23 through Saturday, June 29.

During the summer of 2011, 466 TeenServe volunteers from eight different states gathered in Norway. They completed repairs to 74 local homes.

Patricia Barbeau of Iron Mountain was one of the local residents who received free home repairs in 2011. She said that she was pleased with the work volunteers did in painting the exterior of her home.

Besides painting, TeenServe volunteers can make or repair wheelchair ramps, steps, porches, and decks.

Since TeenServe is working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program, all services to local residents are free.

TeenServe is a one-week mission trip for junior and senior high school youth groups and their adult chaperones. They work on home improvement projects for the needy during the day, then gather to hear a speaker and live band at night.

“We need people to call in and apply for services,” said TeenServe Publicity Chair Gail Robert. “You will be helping us to give these young people and their adult leaders the opportunity to grow in their faith and service by allowing them to work on your home.”

To apply for TeenServe services, call 1-800-596-3498.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.