UPDATE – November 2013
In 2013, Proclaiming Grace Outreach has been able to help 10 families with home repair projects and we aren’t done yet. Projects are already beginning to line up for 2014. In you live in our service area and own your home, we may be able to help.
Providing small home repairs to the residents of New Kent and upper James City Counties.
After having established our Food Pantry and Thrift Spot, and after having a chance to interact with our clients, we became aware of the need for small home repairs to be done for those without means. Some are living without the basic safe needs of a home (i.e. safe entry steps/handrails, flooring, roofing, ceiling, etc.) Others have found themselves suddenly handicapped due to an accident or health issue and are not able to access their homes or the rooms inside with a wheelchair. If one does not exist, often there is a need for a handicapped ramp.
Frequently Asked Questions Mission Work Projects
Q. Is there a monetary limit on the work projects? What if I decide I want more done while the work team is there?
A. Proclaiming Grace Outreach does set a certain limit on the amount that can be spent per project and prefers to stick to “small” home repair projects. Once a proposed project has been approved, there can be no deviation from the scope of work the team was sent to perform. Clients may apply for another project to be done after 365 days.
Q. How do I know if I am eligible to be considered for work project repairs?
A. Proclaiming Grace Outreach serves residents of New Kent and upper James City Counties. Upon receiving your request, we will be able to inform you if you fall within those service boundaries as well as meet the set income requirements.
Q. How do I apply to be considered for work project repairs?
A. To apply for a work project, you will need to call our Work Project Coordinator and Director, Jack King at (804) 366-2006. He will then pay a visit to your home to assess the repairs needed (provided you fall within our work boundaries and meet the income requirements), take a few pictures, and report the information back to our Board. You will then be required to fill out a simple application. This entire process should take no more than 30 days (provided there is not an emergent situation). You will then be informed if the job has been approved and when/if work will begin.
Q. How often may I apply to have a work project performed?
A. Proclaiming Grace Outreach will perform one approved project per 365 days per client.
Q. Who actually performs the construction work?
A. The work is done by our team of skilled volunteers. Occasionally there is the need to hire out for certain jobs or certain parts of the job.
Volunteer Opportunities – You Can Help!
We need skilled volunteers to assist in actual work projects. If you have carpentry, plumbing, or electrical skills, we need you. We are in need of individuals to actually lead the projects as well as laborers to help get the job done. To volunteer, call Jim Davis, Director at (757) 784-6495.
Volunteering is good for you!!
Did you know that that volunteers gain tremendous benefits from the act of giving? Like a reduction in stress and depression, decrease in physical pain, and a rush of endorphins that makes people literally feel great inside. Read more about the benefits of volunteering here.