Mission trip helps to transform Jersey Shore


PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- One community, one neighborhood, one life at a time.

An annual hometown mission trip is allowing neighbors to give a helping hand. And Tuesday, that hand was for a veteran.

With just a saw, a nail gun, and a swift paint job, those with Sharing Hope Ministries are getting the jobs done. With projects to do through “Transform Jersey Shore Area,” church groups are coming together.

“It’s always nice to help people but, especially those who have already served the country and have already sacrificed a lot for us,” says Audrie Hartman, a volunteer.

Hartman is helping bring a Vietnam veteran home.

Joel Heivly’s father, who’s currently in a nursing home with his wife and has the same name, had his home condemned back in April. If not up to par by the end of the month, the township will tear it down.

“To see all these guys and volunteers out here and do this all for us, it’s like wow!” says Heivly.

“They’re going to see it go from something that’s really bad, to something that’s very livable and hopefully very good for them,” says Don Alexander, another volunteer.

20 churches in the Jersey Shore area helped raise $20,000 toward 30 projects. One hundred volunteers spread out to lend that helping hand.

Nearly a dozen volunteers have loaded and hauled 22 tons of garbage out of the home. With the severity of the mission, it might just take more than a week to paint, lay flooring, install cabinets, furniture, and more.

“Just helping them get their house back under control so that they can more easily manage it,” says Hartman.

The veteran, Joel Heivly, tells Eyewitness News he is beyond grateful for the sacrifice volunteers are making to improve his family’s life. As for his son, he can’t wait to see the finished product.

“I can’t even imagine what it’s going to look like after that,” says Heivly.

Transform Jersey Shore Area started in 2015 and has helped more than one hundred families.

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