Volunteers from across the US converge in Parma to repair homes this week

More than 50 homes to be fixed for free

PARMA, Ohio - Over 400 teenagers and adults from across the country will be in Parma this week to help others in need.

From Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, elderly, handicapped and lower income residents in Parma, Parma Heights, Brook Park and Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood will receive free home repairs.

Volunteers will paint, build wheelchair ramps and repair and replace porches and porch steps at over 50 houses.

The Workcamp is part of Group Cares, a non-profit, interdenominational Christian volunteer home repair organization headquartered in Colorado and is sponsored locally by North Coast Mission Connection.

Volunteers paid over $400 each to cover travel expenses, meals, programming and partial materials costs.

Hundreds of volunteers received a rock 'n' roll welcome when they arrived at Parma Senior High School Sunday to check-in.

The high school will be their home this week as volunteers will sleep in sleeping bags in empty classrooms and eat meals in the cafeteria. There will also be programs in the evening for entertainment.

For cousins Jillian McCardell and Shannon Ryan, of Michigan, this is their third time taking part in a Workcamp.

"You feel like you've done something for someone else," said Jillian. "It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling that you've done something good for someone."


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