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June 26, 2013

Youth outreach aids homeowner

JOHNSTOWN — If you travel along Bedford Street, keep an eye out for a group of teenagers banding together to spruce up an area home.

Youth group members from Beulah United Methodist Church and Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Md., are doing renovation work this week to a home owned by Day Rowe and her son, Sonny, in the 600 block of Bedford Street in Dale Borough.

The project is sponsored by Teen Quest, a youth mission located in Somerset.

“This is a way for us to do outreach,” said Dan Small, youth director at Beulah United Methodist Church. “We feel blessed and want to help people. We’re giving back in the name of God.”

The youth volunteers, who are in grades seven through 12, have been focusing their efforts on updating the kitchen by installing new cabinets, doing scraping and painting work, and fixing trim under the porch.

“It’s divide and conquer,” said Philip Cantrell, director of youth and adult ministries at Calvary United Methodist Church.

The project is not only about fixing up a home, but creating bonds with the homeowner and community.

“We build great relationships with everyone,” said Kate Cumberpatch, 18, of Annapolis.

She said the hard work is paying off and they can see the progress that is being made. She recommends that other young people get involved in similar kinds of projects.

“Definitely go in expecting the unexpected, but you’ll get a lot out of it,” Cumberpatch said.

For Rowe, seeing her home being transformed is a blessing.

“I’m so humbled that God has given us this opportunity,” she said. “Being a single mom, I could never have done this on my own.”

She added that she’s impressed by the work the young people have been doing.

“I’m just very happy they’re all willing to do this,” Rowe said.

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