Deb Young and her family have had some hard times — and now they're finally getting help.
She soaked up the sun with her 25-year-old daughter, Stevielynn Ruiz-Tovar, who has a brain injury, while volunteers repaired their Lower Windsor Township home on Tuesday.
The home is one of 28 worksites getting some care this week as part of the 21st annual Faith Beyond the Pews Workcamp, a ministry of Red Lion-based Servants Inc. and 23 local churches.
Putting in work: The team of 100 volunteers helps perform the repairs free to homeowners, although the work costs about $500 per site in materials, said Jody Fausnight, director of development for Servants.
"A lot goes to people who just don't have the resources to do it by themselves," he said.
With Ruiz-Tovar's father battling an illness, the family finally asked for help, Young said.
Most of her father's materials were already sitting in the back yard when about 10 volunteers tackled the leaky roof and fixed up the home's siding. They also planned to make Ruiz-Tovar's bathroom wheelchair-accessible.
"It's amazing," said Young, 50. "We're a type of family, we don't ask for help — we just try and do whatever we can."
Showing love: Not all homeowners are warm at first, but showing them compassion can open up their hearts, said Maynard Parlett, who's been doing the workcamps since 2003.
"We try to show Christ's love to these people," he said.
Parlett, 82, said the volunteers want to give the homeowners more than just a dry, safe place to live.
"We like to give people hope," the Red Lion resident said.
He and his wife, Myrna, do the workcamps as a way to serve others and open doors with their story, he said.
They went to grade school in a one-room schoolhouse together and have been married nine years.
Prior to their marriage, they each had spouses for 48 years until cancer took the lives of those spouses within one year of each other, Parlett said.
"We are very blessed," he said. "There's no other way about it: God knows what he's doing."
— Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.