Labor of Love improves quality of life

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 15, 2012

Fellowship Baptist Church and Labor of Love volunteers

Courtesy Photo
Fellowship Baptist Church and Labor of Love volunteers built a wheelchair ramp for homeowner Pat Rickert. Pictured are (not in order) Pastor Michael Dean, James Bailey, Phillip Crombie, Joe Glasgow, Sam Miller, Byron Milliman, Randy Jones, Stan Spencer, John Trent and Connor Neill (grandson of project manager Roy Talbot).

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Fellowship Baptist Church men’s group is a wonderful example of what the Bible says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17
The men’s group along with Pastor Michael Dean, teamed with the Labor of Love teamto build front door steps and a much-needed back door wheelchair ramp for homeowner. Pat Rickert July 14.
She was thrilled with the hard work and the “beautiful ramp” that will provide access for a gurney and ease of entering and exiting her home.
Toiling in the Texas sun with a temperature in the mid-90s is clearly putting your faith into action. Each of the men lost anywhere from three to five pounds of perspiration.
For some men that was a blessing, for others it was an excuse for extra ice cream.
Henderson County can take great pride in its volunteers who serve in many different organizations, like those who are part of Labor of Love and their willingness to give of their time to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate.
The Labor of Love, a United Way agency of Henderson County, is a faith-based volunteer organization with a mission to provide home repairs free of charge to the handicap, indigent, elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren.
Repair and home modification examples made year round include construction and installation of wheelchair ramps and grab bars, widening bathroom entrances, replacing rotted front steps, repairing leaky faucets and roofs and repairing holes in floors.
The Labor of Love has more than 20 years of home repair experience with a focus on health and safety issues.
Volunteers work in good weather and bad, putting in 4,838 hours this year to complete 184 projects, including the construction of 45 wheelchair ramps and many roofing projects.
One hundred and four projects directly assisted those over 65 years of age, and 88 projects involved people with some form of disability.
Families assisted, by year, are:
• 2002, 25
• 2003, 65
• 2004, 118
• 2005, 166
• 2006, 176
• 2007, 214
• 2008, 231
• 2009, 216
• 2010, 199
• 2011, 184
This growth was achieved due to God’s blessing us with the financial means to continue growing through the faithfulness and generosity of our sponsors, and the hard work of our volunteers in summer heat and winter’s cold.
For more information on assistance or volunteering, call 903-675-5683.