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Churches’ members improve woman’s home

Published: Sat, July 28, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Members of a Virginia and a Cornersburg church spent the week helping improve the house of a city woman who physically is unable to do the work herself.

Ten parishioners of the Cornersburg Baptist Church and 10 from the Amissville Baptist Church in Amissville, Va., painted the house and garage on Stratmore Avenue on the city’s Southwest side. They also put down mulch, planted and landscaped. The church group also installed new exterior steps to the home.

Mayor Charles Sammarone gave proclamations Friday to pastors of both churches thanking them for their efforts. The work was done between Monday and Friday.

“What you did is what we’re trying to get the community to do,” Sammarone said. “This is what we’re looking for. We need the help of the community to better the city.”

The woman, who owns the Stratmore house, lives alone and has cancer, said Maureen O’Neil, the city’s neighborhood improvement coordinator.

The city contacted the woman because her house violated the city’s housing code about not being properly painted, O’Neil said.

“She couldn’t do it herself because of her condition,” she said.

But O’Neil said she was pleased to put the woman in contact with the two church groups.

Other groups that want to help city residents in need of making improvements to their homes and are unable to do the work themselves can call O’Neil at 330-742-9762.

The Amissville church has traveled to numerous cities over the past 12 years doing similar work, said Ed Taylor, its pastor.

“We do this because we desire to give a tangible expression of God’s love,” he said. “By putting our sweat into projects like this, we help people realize God loves them and we love them and that their lives can be changed.”

The Cornersburg church got involved after hearing a guest speaker a few months ago talk about his work helping to improve the properties of the less fortunate, said Pastor Randy Langham.

“It’s a way to make a big change in the community,” he said.


1rafcruzjr(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is what we need more of in our community. It's a blessing to see there are churches sharing the love of God by investing of themselves in service to their community. May other churches serve as needed for the good of our community.

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2PhilKidd(187 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is the type of community pull-together it's going to take to improve Youngstown's neighborhoods. Great job to all involved (from the neighborhood improvement department to the housing appeals board to churches involved in helping the women correct the problem). An excellent example of how the system can and should work in even the most challenging cases.

Kudos for getting the word out about this success story as well. May it inspire others to assist.

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