By DAVID GREEN
More than 50 volunteers from seven communities gathered in Fayette a year ago for the Extreme Home Make-Over—Our Lady of Mercy Edition.
Using materials that were either donated or purchased with money earned through fund-raisers, parish members tackled numerous maintenance and repair issues at a home in the village.
They’ll be at it again this weekend, moving this year to Waldron in order to give a hand to single father Tony Roney.
Organizers are expecting an even larger crowd of helpers this year as the group works with St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold.
A members of the Waldron football have also expressed an interest in helping since Roney serves on the coaching staff.
At least 80 church members are expected to converge on Roney’s four-bedroom home to take on exterior projects including re-roofing, installing insulation, repairing the front porch and painting.
On the inside, carpeting, painting and drywall work are planned, plus a project that will enable the family to use attic space for storage.
This marks the third year of the Extreme Make-Over effort and it’s expected to be the most expensive yet.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to serve others,” said Anita Van Zile of Fayette. “We are encouraged and strengthened by our faith and community support.”
At the end of the work day, she said, the rewards for the volunteers will be greater than the effort needed to get the tasks accomplished.
She quotes a Bible verse from James that underpins their effort: “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”