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With all the disturbing stories that seem to dominate the news these days, it was reassuring to hear last week that there’s also a lot of good things happening around us.

This reminder came in the form of a visit to the Catholic Heart Workcamp.

More than 300 teens and adult leaders from many parts of the United States were in Steubenville from June 20 through Friday.

Their mission was to complete approximately 90 home repair projects for low- and middle-income residents who otherwise might not have been able to get the repairs done.

These lists included everything from interior and exterior painting, landscaping, trash removal, cleaning, and minor home repairs, which included installing railings and repairing drywall.

Sycamore Youth Center’s Bobbyjon Bauman and his wife, Pamela, the Ohio Valley Youth Network and Catholic Central High School officials helped coordinate the visit from the Orlando, Florida-based organization. The school served as a base for campers, with classrooms turned into dormitories and meals served in the cafeteria. It also provided a venue for evening activities, which included dancing as well as praise and worship.

Steubenville was one of four cities visited by the organization last week. Campers also worked in Cumberland, Md., Montague, Michigan, and Richmond, Va. About 35 camps will be held across the United States this year, and teens have to pay around $400 to be part of the experience.

The week gives participants the opportunity to do service work and experience parts of the country that are different from their own. It also gives those receiving the work the opportunity to know that others are willing to help.

Owners said the teenagers were very kind and hard-working, while campers said they appreciated the opportunity to perform community service and interact with residents.

“I’m glad I came” said Zach Deters, a first-time camper from Quincy, Illinois. “It’s nice to see all the things you can do and see people’s faces when you finish the jobs.”

“It’s a blessing” said John Miller, whose Maryland Avenue home was one of the sites. “It’s great that young people are ready to do this.”

The week offered a chance for teens to grow and live out their faith, while helping to improve the lives of those who live in our community. These are lessons that will serve everyone involved well for the rest of their lives.



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