Teens from across U.S. headed here in outreach to fix up homes

WARRENSBURG - Hundreds of teenagers from across the nation participating in a Christian mission outreach are arriving over the next several weeks to volunteer their time sprucing up homes and other buildings, and the organization is now seeking additional projects to undertake.

Also, the group will be conducting a day camp from July 6 through Aug. 5 for children ages 4 to 11, to be held from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Bakers Mills Wesleyan Church off state Rte. 8. Children from all over northern Warren County are welcome to attend.

The nationwide Christian organization YouthWorks, based in Minneapolis, is sending about 70 teenagers each week to the southern Adirondacks for six one-week mission trips over the summer as an outreach to help out those in need as well as provide recreational and spiritual enrichment opportunities, according to YouthWorks coordinator LeAnn Mansur.

The first mission group arrived last Sunday.

The teens, from all over the nation, will be tackling some light fix-up, yard work and painting projects, while they experience the culture of the region, Mansur said.

Elderly homeowners, or those of modest means or special needs, are encouraged to call Mansur at (517) 740-6246 with potential projects. The organization has a full slate of outdoor light construction projects, but those with indoor projects like interior painting, are urged to call to apply for help. Plus, YouthWorks has been working with the locally based North Country Ministry on lining up projects to undertake, Mansur said.

The visiting teenagers will be spending nights in the basement of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Warrensburg, then spending their days working, mixed with time off for recreational pursuits, Mansur said.

Some of the teens will be working on the home improvement projects, and others will be working at the Kids Club day camp as well as visiting seniors at the Tri-County Nursing Home in North Creek.

The southern Adirondacks YouthWorks mission is one of 70 destinations across the nation for this outreach program, Mansur said.

"We're really excited to whole-heartedly serve the community, helping the lives of area residents," she said. "And for the teens participating, it's a huge learning experience."

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