There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes dedication that makes the annual Extreme Makeover project so successful, said Traci Maginn of Fayette, who coordinates the effort with her husband, Mike.
It goes beyond the volunteers who show up to do the work, she said, and also includes those who provide food, money and materials.
This marked the fourth consecutive makeover project taken on by members of Fayette’s Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Archbold’s St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Each year a parish member is aided in home repair needs.
“Without the team’s enthusiasm and generous spirits, the project wouldn’t exist,” Maginn said.
She thanked Helen Rettle and her family for “letting us intrude on her peace and allowing so many of us to feel like we were able to make a difference in her life.”
Maginn said the volunteers who were able to make it to the job site were inspiring in their resolve to finish what they’d started and see the results of their work.
She quotes Mother Teresa’s words that provide guidance to the workers:
“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in—that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”