Church Groups Travel From Across Nation to Help Tioga County Homes

Published 07/25 2014 04:50PM

Updated 07/25 2014 05:19PM

Hundreds of young adults and members of church groups are making a big difference in Tioga County.

The high schoolers are from all over the country.

There are 376 of them in total and they are helping to fix homes of people who are elderly,disabled or struggling financially.

The Group Work Camp is operating in Tioga and Chemung counties. 55 homes will be worked on.

"First of all you see changed housing stock on a large scale. More important you see changed lives. Sometimes we find the work that we're doing on the hearts of the people we have come to serve is a little more important to them than the work we're doing on their homes. Obviously, the young people also have a life changing week," said Bob Turley.

The students pay several hundred dollars in order to help out and have to cover their travel expenses. They also bring food donations.

Areas they are working in Tioga County include Candor, Nichols, Apalachin and Owego.

Fred Trzcinski with Tioga Opportunities says his agency partners with Group Work Camp to help people.

"Everywhere you go, the people welcome you, they come out of their homes. They're happy to see you. They know we're going to build a new wheelchair for them, a deck, paint their exterior or interior. They're just thrilled to see us," said Trzcinski.

The materials have been bought through donations by local businesses including Tioga State Bank, Tioga Downs and a foundation.

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