Local teens help others during Spring Break

April 20, 2017 07:53 AM

Imagine giving up your phone and video games to wake up early and spend your day working during Spring Break. For some it sounds like the exact opposite of a break, but the students of Flower City Work Camp spend their time off doing just that, and they say it's all worth it.

Repairs to Viola Smith's home would've cost a lot of money, but thanks to Flower City Work Camp, her prayers were answered.

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"I couldn't pay for it living on Social Security, it would've cost my whole check,” Smith says.

Smith's house is one of 53 properties that 765 students and another 700 adult volunteers from 53 local churches are repairing within a week. 

"Seeing what we can accomplish with God on our side is definitely the most rewarding part,” says Faith Cheehan. “We come into these homes with all these projects and it seems almost impossible to get done in three days.”

This is Faith Cheehan's sixth year with the group, spending Spring Break painting, sawing, and other chores throughout homes in Monroe County.

“I think it shows that we all have something in common, we're all people and just because I might not be in the same living situation as someone else doesn't mean we can't love them,” says Cheehan.

Each student pays $135 for the camp. Most of that buys the supplies for the homes.

“From the depths of my soul, from the bottom of my heart, I couldn't even express how much this is appreciated,” says Smith.

The kids will be working on Smith's home until the end of the week. Since the program began in 1986, they've fixed up more than a thousand homes throughout Monroe County.


Kaci Jones

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