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June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey

In Harris County, we have a number of elderly, handicapped, low-income citizens who own their homes. They have lived in them for many years and through the years some of the homes have not been properly maintained and repairs are needed. Depending upon individual circumstances, FOCUS’ Home Repair Ministry can assist the homeowner with these repairs.

Noting that many homeowners have physical issues, Home Repair can also help with safety related issues such as handrails and grab bars in showers and baths. Handicapped ramps are also much in demand. The picture shown here is of a group of men building a 60-foot ramp for an elderly Waverly Hall resident.

But both entrances to the home were high from ground level. FOCUS was contacted, and we recruited 10 volunteers from FOCUS and Harris County Hands of Christ, and together the ramp was built in three days.

Of course, projects like this can be costly, and we readily accept donations to help finance these endeavors. This is just another example of many individuals and groups working together to serve Christ in our community through serving those in need.


How We’re Helping

In May, the FOCUS office helped 85 clients. In addition, we distributed 338 bags of food to 85 families, which totaled 200 individuals and 32 families with children.

In home repairs for May, FOCUS coordinated electrical repairs — provided by Carpenter’s Workshop from the Cornerstone Baptist Church — for a disabled home owner in Shiloh. Floor and bathroom repairs were completed for an elderly home owner in Fortson.

Thank You!

Thank you to Prospect AME Church in Fortson, Reformation Lutheran Church in Cataula and Pine Mountain Methodist Church for food donations to our pantry this past month. Also thanks once again to Jenny Jack Sun Farm for weekly donations of fresh produce.

FOCUS’ Next Board Meeting

FOCUS’ next Board meeting will be Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at the Harris County Community Center.