Teens Get Serious About Their Home-Work

By: Monica Buchanan
By: Monica Buchanan

Vernon Haddock has lived in the same home on 3rd Avenue for the past 60 years. Like many other houses in the neighborhood, Vernon felt his needed a little "sprucing up."

Vernon says, "It just blew my mind that somebody would want to do all this work and furnish the paint at no charge."

Andrea Huffman, a work camp teen, says, "We're going to scrap it, we're going to caulk, we're going to paint it butter cream with the trim in white and it's going to turn out really nice."

And with paintbrushes in hand and good will in their hearts, 450 teens from 12 states are helping people just like Vernon give their homes the facelift many are in desperate need of.

John Brinson from North Carolina says, "It's good to give back to a community, even if it's not your own. Just give back to the United States community at large."

It’s a community service project that leaves a lasting impression on both these homes and the hearts of these campers.

These kids aren't the only ones taking something positive away from this work camp. The city of Valdosta is now one step closer toward eliminating substandard housing by the year 2020.

Amy Warren, a City of Valdosta spokesperson, says, "If you look around this neighborhood here, it's really a neighborhood worth keeping together. The fabric here is just wonderful."

They’re simple labors of love that are transforming an entire community in south Georgia. The City of Valdosta is already making plans for another work camp next year.


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