Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - July 2009
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Houston County Courier - July 2009
By Crystal Rhone
Armed with hammers and paintbrushes, 80 workers with a mission have descended on Crockett as part of (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth) U.M. ARMY.
The team builds everything from wheelchair ramps, porches and steps to handrails.
They also paint homes, clean houses, and mow yards.
The team estimated they would work on 24 sites in Crockett before returning home.
High school age volunteers and accompanying adults each pay $175 to spend time helping others unable to help themselves.
This summer over 4,000 participants will compose U.M. ARMY in over 48 different cities helping an estimated 1,500 families in need.
While at the First United Methodist Church in Crockett, they prepare their own meals, bring tools and purchase materials for a week of work that begins around 5:30 a.m. each day.
The Crockett camp includes high school students who have completed their ninth grade year and adults from United Methodist churches in Lake Jackson, Houston and Center.
Each time the groups go out they have a different theme. The theme for this week was Camouflage.
Each group divides into colored teams.
Camp Administrator, Teri Williams said, “This is such a good thing for teenagers.”
“They are able to learn about people who are physically or financially unable to make needed repairs, worshiping God, having fun and making friends.
“I hope by doing this everyone will know about U.M. ARMY,” said Williams.