This home repair ministry meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month and brings the Lord’s love to those less fortunate in Chester County by making their homes warmer, safer and drier. Families and parish ministries/organizations provide lunch for the workers and homeowners. Open to all parishioners at any time of the year. Every 3rd Saturday of each month, we make repairs to a designated house in Chester County. We work with, support and get direction from the Good Works, Inc. organization (www.goodworksinc.org) that supplies all the tools and materials required at no cost to the homeowner or volunteers.

 

Home Repair Volunteers: Typical projects include painting, plumbing, electrical work, installing windows, flooring, drywall, handicap accessibility and insulation. No previous experience is required. Supervision is provided by technical personnel so don't let lack of skills prevent you from participating.

 

Lunch Volunteers: Prepare with family, friends or ministry a lunch consisting of an entree, desert and beverage for approximately 20 people. Deliver it to the worksite and stay and share the meal with the workday parishioners and homeowner.

 

Work Crew Leader: Plans the projects to be accomplished on the workday, manages the volunteers doing the repairs on the home, promotes safety and quality workmanship, coordinates cleanup at the end of the workday and plans the projects and materials needed for the next workday.

 

Technical Coordinator: Requires a good working knowledge of one or more of the following areas: electrical work, roofing, carpentry and/or plumbing. The Technical Coordinator completes the more technical repair work, and provides on-the-job training for volunteers.

 

Ambassador: He/she is the liaison between the homeowner and the Good Works team/organization. They typically assess the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the homeowner during the repair process. They must be good listeners and help the work crew to be sensitive to the homeowner’s feelings and emotions. A big heart is essential to fulfilling this function along with a devout faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings.

The benefits of participation in Good Works activities include:

  • An opportunity to grow in our faith by answering our Lord's request to help shelter the poor.
  • Achieving a personal feeling of accomplishment while experiencing the satisfaction that you made a tangible difference in the lives of people in need.
  • Gain a fuller perspective on life from those less fortunate than us
  • Gain a better understanding of how each of us have been truly been blessed
  • Learning, practicing and teaching home repair skills
  • Forging new personal relationships with the homeowners and fellow parishioners
  • Having fun in a warm social setting
  • Networking with and learning from professionals from all walks of life.

Membership

Parishioners are welcome to participate in our ministry at any time of the year. You can participate from just one workday a year to some or all of our monthly workdays. For further information, please contact one of the following:

Parish Coordinator & Work Crew Leader:

John Irwin, jjirwin@comcast.net, 610-304-1500

Work Crew Leader:

John Case, John_Case@ymail.com, 484-252-1991

John Csernek, john.csernek@lmco.com, 610-513-4516

Technical Coordinators:

Open Position

Volunteer Coordinator:

Mary Damian, StElizabeth.GoodWorks@gmail.com, 610-551-4772

Lunch Coordinator:

Darla Dadey, ddadey@aol.com, 610-283-4615

Ambassador Coordinator:

Kathy Reitz, kathymreitz@gmail.com

Directions

Good Works Warehouse

82 Pearl Alley

Coatesville, PA 19320

From Route 30 Bypass:

Take Coatesville - Route 82 South Exit.  Follow Route 82 South for 1 mile. Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Hwy/Business Rt. 30. Turn RIGHT onto S. Sixth Ave. Turn LEFT onto Walnut St. Turn LEFT into first Alley. Park in Mennonite Church Parking Lot.

Good Works Workday Directions

Accomplishments

Since November 2006, the St. Elizabeth Good Works Ministry has completed repairs on 23 homes and is currently working on two additional homes.

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FAQs

What do you do on a typical workday?

A typical workday begins at the Coatesville warehouse loading up tools, materials and equipment around 8:00 AM. We are briefed on the workday plans and volunteers are assigned to a team of 2 or more people - at least one of which is skilled in the assignment. We say a prayer, then move out with tools and supplies to the designated house. We greet the homeowner, say another prayer with the homeowner, and then get to work. Other volunteers provide lunch around 11:45 AM. Everyone breaks for lunch. After lunch we complete our assignments, clean up, load and deliver tools and trash back to the warehouse.

 

Do I have to volunteer every month?

No, you will be contacted by e-mail (or phone if you prefer) to remind you of the upcoming workday. Please be sure to respond to this notification either yes or no. We must have a count of volunteers so that we have enough lunch prepared and so we can schedule work crew tasks properly. Come when you can, there is no problem if you only volunteer once or twice a year. We won’t ”bug” you, just be sure to reply yes or no.

 

What if I can’t work a full day?

No problem, feel free to work ½ day or otherwise. Just let us know how long you intend to stay so we can schedule work tasks and lunch properly.

 

Can children volunteer?

Yes, but with reservations. Safety, of course is our #1 priority. Children under 12 years old are appropriate for lunch preparation, delivery, set up and clean up with Adult supervision. Teenagers are welcome as long as they are accompanied continuously 1 on 1 with an adult parent/guardian.

 

What is involved with providing a lunch for the crew?

Typically a meal is planned for around 15-20 people. The lunch crew prepares the menu, purchases the food (about $60.00), prepares, delivers, sets up, helps serve and cleans up. We always introduce the lunch crew to our family, show problems and progress on our projects and thank them for their sacrifice. It is the highlight of the day and sometimes the highlight of the month for the homeowner! We have some named and anonymous donors who provide money but cannot prepare the meal. So, don’t let lack of funds stop you from sharing your talents.