Cynthia Carey's roof was being covered with tarps when volunteers found damage that went beyond the recent hail storm that unleashed baseball sized hail. Holes went all the way through the roof into her ceiling and her furnace needed replaced.
Interfaith Housing Services was able to utilize funds from HRR and FHLB. However, the funds would only be able to cover the cost of materials, so IHS worked with Hands of Christ Ministry for the volunteer labor. After the roof and drywall was replaced, Cynthia then qualified for the Weatherization program, which replaced her furnace.
Viktor and Kelsey Epp
Newlyweds Viktor and Kelsey Epp, know that they would still be throwing money away renting without the CASH program. Instead, they are working on the house they recently bought with their CASH matched savings account.
Through the financial education classes they were able to calculate and know how much money they would need, how much they would have after buying the home and how their monthly bills would be paid. Due to the training and support from Interfaith Housing Services staff, the process ran smooth and Viktor and Kelsey now own their own home.
As Jane Switzer watched her husband work alongside a younger volunteer she said that it was great to see how a project could bring different generations together. This she said is a way for them to express their faith, it is a worshipful experience. Jane volunteered with a group from the Community Church of the Brethren from Hutchinson as a way to live their faith outside the four walls of their church.
George Bocox recently brought a group of volunteers from New Hope Evangelical Church from McPherson, to paint the new offices. George, had volunteered for IHS with several different youth groups in the past and continues to bring different groups to help on new projects. “It’s great to come back and see how the place has grown and changed,” he said.