New Detroit non-profit helps low-income homeowners with free emergency home repairs
DETROIT, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Handyman Ministries, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in metro Detroit, will launch the 40 Homes in 40 Days initiative as part of the historic EACH evangelical outreach campaign.
EACH, or “Everyone a Chance to Hear,” is a collective of more than 500 metro Detroit area churches and Christian organizations that are working together as one body of believers to spread the message of Jesus Christ through community service. As part of this unprecedented community outreach, Handyman Ministries has pledged to help 40 low-income residential homeowners with needed home repairs over the next forty days beginning on Monday, April 25 in Detroit. All materials and labor for every job will be donated, with no expense to the homeowners. During most home improvement projects (weather permitting), volunteers will also host barbeques for neighbors that will provide more information on community service programs as well as applications for assistance.
“It is truly an honor to partner with EACH to serve the Lord by serving those in need,” commented Timothy Addy, Handyman Ministries executive director. “In these difficult economic times, it is now more important than ever to give back to the community by putting the Gospel message into action. We are only limited to helping as many people as possible by the financial and volunteer support we receive.”
Handyman Ministries is a grass-roots, volunteer-based Christian organization that provides low income residential homeowners with free home maintenance and repair services, energy audits, efficiency upgrades, and home modifications for the physically disabled. The organization’s mission is to ensure that every home is safe, healthy, energy efficient, and habitable. Handyman Ministries received its official 501(c)(3) non-profit status in December of 2010. Once fully established, Handyman Ministries will offer services on a permanent, full-time basis to income-eligible clients who live in Wayne, Oakland, or MacombCounties in three specific program areas:
- Maintenance Program – Maintenance and repair to any area that makes a home unsafe or unhealthy for the homeowner.
- Efficiency Program – Perform an energy audit to identify excessive energy loss resulting in disproportionate energy bills. This program also provides efficiency upgrades that will reduce the homeowner’s utility expenses.
- Home Modification Program – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant home modifications for the disabled based on the individual’s specific needs dictated by their physical condition.
EACH is an unprecedented community movement of both city and suburban Christ-centered churches, community organizations, and individual believers that are working together in unity to heal a suffering region through charitable acts and community service. The EACH network will sponsor a 40-day Gospel Saturation & Good Deeds campaign between April 24 and June 3, 2011. The initiative includes providing two mobile medical and dental units in addition to 10,000 meals a day (for the next 40 days) for those in need throughout metro Detroit. Plans also include mobilizing volunteers to provide an additional one million volunteer hours towards outreach and community service projects within the next year. The campaign kicked-off onApril 16 in downtown Detroit with a prayer walk comprised of more than 25,000 participants. Learn more about EACH atwww.eachtoday.com.
Volunteers (especially skilled trades people) and donations for the 40 Homes in 40 Days campaign are greatly needed. All skills and levels of experience are welcome. To volunteer or make a tax deductible financial donation, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.handymanministries.com. To apply for assistance or for general information, e-mail email@example.com. Checks made payable to Handyman Ministries may be mailed to 20403 Sunningdale,Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Handyman Ministries is a volunteer–based 501(c)(3) Christian organization that provides low–income residential homeowners with free home maintenance and repair services, energy audits, efficiency upgrades, and home modifications for the physically disabled. The organization’s mission is to ensure that every home is safe, healthy, energy efficient, and habitable. For more information, visit www.handymanministries.com or e–mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Timothy Addy, Executive Director, (586) 443–6140
SOURCE Handyman Ministries