Home Repair Update for this week (3/27/17 – 3/31/17)

County Referrals – Two projects are scheduled for this week* and volunteers are already lined up for both. But keep us in your prayers ( another vital volunteer function, the importance of which cannot be overstated).

The Haven – We will again be open for volunteers at 1269 Liberty Street in Franklin on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-4 daily. The big jobs are mostly done, but the finishing touches are taking a little longer than anticipated. An area for a communal washer/dryer was added recently by the county, so work on that “closet” remains.

Yours in Christ,

Paul Sallade
814-516-5341

Ross Kilian
724-866-4858

*One project is on Grandview Road in Oil City where we will install two handrails. The second project is just a little south of Titusville where we will replace a few rotted boards on a porch and seal some windows and doors. Please pray for our safety and for developing a great relationship with these clients.

Home Repair Update 3/13/17 – 3/18/17

Haven – We will again be open for volunteers at 1269 Liberty Street in Franklin on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-4 daily and on Saturday the 18th* from 9-2. Although volunteer participation in February and March has been a little lighter than we had hoped, a totally awesome group of SIX volunteers turned out yesterday. They really kept Ross hopping and they completed a lot of work while having a great time. God Bless Our Volunteers!!

County Referrals – Still no emergencies and the cold weather has put the brakes on any outside work for now. But stand by your phones because I am taking a sabbatical from the Haven and will be focusing exclusively on County Referrals instead. I will try to line up volunteers as needed by calling you directly for help. Mustard Seed Volunteers are the BEST!!

Yours in Christ,

Paul Sallade
814-516-5341

Ross Kilian
724-866-4858

*No work is scheduled for the last Saturday in March (the 25th) because a volunteer group is working the next day (Sunday the 26th) and we hesitated to ask our project leaders to work on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend. So if you were counting on working one of the Saturdays in Feb, and Mar., the 18th is your last opportunity. Hope to see you then.

Home Repair Update as of 2-3-17

Saturdays during February and March – Team leaders will be at the Haven (1269 Liberty Street, Franklin) each Saturday from 9:00 until 2:00 to help volunteers wrap up some very important last minute items in apartments 2 and 3. This is a golden opportunity for those volunteers who are working during the week to carve out a few hours on Saturday to help the homeless in Venango County. And, if your Sunday School Class or Bible Study group would like to “adopt” a specific job or donate a Saturday, please call Ross Kilian (724-866-4858) to learn what work is available for any given Saturday.

NEXT WEEK (02/06 – 02/11):

Haven @ 1269 Liberty St., Franklin – On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be wrapping up some painting, as well as installing ceiling tiles and ceiling fans. If you can help, please give Greg Blair a call at his home 1-814-432-5598.

County Referrals – On Thursday, we need help patching a 4’X8″ section of sub-floor in a mobile home and laying a 3′ incline from a doorway to a deck. If you can help, please call Paul Sallade at 814-516-5341.

Yours in Christ,

Paul Sallade and Ross Kilian

Home Repair Update for 1/30/17 – 2/04/17

Homeless Shelter – On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be wrapping-up some painting as well as installing ceiling tiles and ceiling fans. If you can help, please give Greg Blair a call at his home 1-814-432-5598.

Tyler Carbaugh’s Addition received its final inspection last week and Tyler’s family is starting to move him into his new digs. God is Good!  A heartfelt “THANKS” to the many volunteers who made this possible for Tyler through your sacrifice of time and talents. You truly are the hands and feet of God in Venango County😇.

County Referrals – Volunteers started work on a walk-in shower/floor repair last week, but the bathroom is so small we cannot cram any additional volunteers into it. However, we have a backlog of projects waiting in the wings. More to come as more work is scheduled.

Paul Sallade
1-814-516-5341

Ross Kilian
1-724-866-4858

Home Repair Update as of 8/26/16

County Referrals – We received 3 new referrals this week and are in the process of assessing our ability to do the requested work. Once we get these projects scheduled we will let you know the scope of each and ask for volunteers, but for right now we are mostly caught up with our Home Repair requests.

Homeless Shelter – Work has been moving very quickly and new volunteers have been extremely helpful. In spite of the heat and 42 steps to the third floor, volunteers keep showing up to pitch in on this exciting project. In fact, we have decided to give our volunteers some well-deserved time off in celebration of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Please mark your calendars as follows:

Fri. Aug. 26 – No work scheduled
Sat. Aug. 27 – Special workday for those who cannot volunteer during the week
Mon. Aug.29 – Workday 8:00-4:00
Tue. Aug. 30 – Workday 8:00-4:00

Wed. Aug. 31 thru Mon. Sep 5 – No workdays scheduled!!

Tue. Sep. 6 – Work resumes in earnest. Watch for additional Home Repair Updates.

Note: I simply cannot believe the transformation that has occurred in just 30 days. Our volunteers are upgrading a formerly empty and neglected third floor into a clean and comfortable shelter for some of God’s children (who happen to be homeless). These volunteers truly are “the hands and feet of God”, and what a blessing it is to be part of this team.

Yours in Christ,

Paul Sallade
1-814-516-5341

Ross Kilian
1-724-866-4858

Work on Homeless Shelter Week of 7/25/16

UPDATE ON WORK SCHEDULE (as of 7/28/16)

Just a quick note to let you know there will be no work at the Homeless Shelter at 1269 Liberty Street this Friday afternoon nor on Saturday.

Instead, on Friday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM we need a couple volunteers to help deliver Household Goods  We have also been asked to pick up some Household Goods being donated. We have a good furniture dolly and none of the goods look too heavy (with the exception of a lift chair).

On Monday next week, contractors begin installation of the sprinkler system, but we expect to continue work on many small jobs (patching cracks and filling holes in walls: hanging/mudding drywall in 2 rooms; replacing missing spindles in the stairway; etc.).  Come join in the excitement! Tons of work has already been done, but many items still need your help.

Please feel free to call Ross Kilian at his cell phone (1-724-866-4858) if you have questions about what specific jobs are planned for any given day.

Yours in Christ,
Paul Sallade

 

 

To the Hands and Feet of God in Venango County,

Work on the Homeless Shelter at 1269 Liberty Street, Franklin began in earnest on Monday and will continue daily through next week under the direction of Ross Kilian and Dave Betts. With help from many volunteers from the Oakland United Methodist Church, tons of work has been done so far, but lots more remains before we can turn it over to electricians for re-wiring and plumbers for the sprinkler system. We need your help in hanging drywall, scraping wallpaper, installing suspended ceilings, and many more handyman projects.

If you can help, please stop by – even if only for a few hours. We expect to continue this week and next from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day, and even expect to work this Saturday so that those of you who work during the week can help for at least a couple hours . . . or just stop by to see what’s happening. We have most of the tools and supplies we need, but feel free to bring your tool belt along. We would love to have your help?.

Please feel free to contact Ross Kilian at his cell phone (1-724-866-4858) if you have any questions about what specific jobs are being done on any given day.

Yours in Christ,
Paul Sallade

PS: Don’t call Paul Sallade as he has been off all this week visiting with 2 new grandchildren ages 5 and 9 months? and their parents.

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New Major Home Repair Project to Volunteer For

Because Venango County has a small homeless population who sleep under bridges and along the bike trail, a concerned group of citizens have partnered with the County to provide a homeless shelter. After reviewing a number of potential sites, a 3 story brick building at 1269 Liberty Street in Franklin has been chosen for that purpose. The first floor is currently rented to a yarn Shoppe; the second floor contains 3 occupied apartments; and the third floor will be renovated to provide space for the homeless shelter.

Much like we did on Elk Street and in Polk, Mustard Seed has agreed to assist in renovations. Ross Kilian and Dave Betts will guide our volunteers and contractors through this process. Closing on the property is anticipated for tomorrow, July 15th. Then, starting on Monday July 18th, a group of volunteers from the Oakland United Methodist Church will initially focus on clearing debris from the basement, removing old fixtures and moving supplies up to the third floor. During the second week of August, a mission group from Maryland is returning to Venango County to help on this project (as they did last year at the Polk house).

This is a great local mission project that will need lots of volunteer help. Your Sunday School Class or youth group may find it rewarding to adopt a room or other part of this renovation as your own special project, so feel free to drop in this coming week to check out the third floor, to satisfy your curiosity and to get familiar with what is in store for the property. You won’t be under any obligation to help next week, but a visit may encourage you or your group to pitch in later as “the hands and feet of God” with those of us who are concerned about the homeless of Venango County . . .”for whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . . you did for Me”.

There will be lots more information to come as this project is just barely moving from having a vision for helping the homeless into more concrete steps toward realization. Ross, Dave Betts and I hope to see a lot of our volunteers join in the fun and hard work.

Paul Sallade 1-814-516-5341
Ross Kilian   1-724-866-4858

Work Schedule Week of 6/27/16

We have two projects on our Home Repair schedule for next week as shown below. Please call if you can help on either project.

On Wednesday, we need volunteers to help repair a door. Weather and time have severely damaged the outside surface of this front door, so we will install a pre-primed and painted panel over it. We will also add new weather stripping and a new threshold. The address is 995 Cooperstown Rd, Cooperstown.

On Thursday, we need volunteers to help repair concrete steps and install handrails in front of the house at 117 West Front St, Oil City. If necessary, this project may carry over into Friday, but with adequate help this would seem unlikely.

Looking ahead, the following week is the week of July 4th, so no Home Repair work will be scheduled. However, furniture/appliance deliveries (if any) will be held as planned since this is the second Saturday of the month. We are typically done by noon – so if you work during the week this is your opportunity to volunteer . . . especially in need of bodies under 60 years of age?.

Finally, a JOY to share. On Tuesday, a group of 19 youth and adults came from three Catholic parishes near DuBois to help us remove a rotten deck surface on North Street in Oil City and then replace it with new treated lumber. Although they worked diligently, they had only one day to share with us, so work had to be completed by some of our local volunteers on Wednesday and Friday. We thank Board Member Sister Tina Geiger for arranging this hugely successful cooperative work day!

Yours in Christ,

Paul Sallade
(814)-516-5341

Ross Kilian
(724)-866-4858

Work Schedule 6/6/16-6/11/16

We have 3 projects on our Home Repair schedule for this coming week, and we could use volunteers on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday as described below:

On Monday, we have 2 volunteers already to pick up a donated-front loading washing machine in Franklin and then install it in Cranberry. These two guys are REALLY OLD?, so if you feel young and energetic, we could use a hand.

On Wednesday, we could use 2 more volunteers (we have 2 already) to install 3 replacement windows on Rt. 965 just outside of Polk. The frames are in very poor condition, so extra hands would be a huge help.

On Friday, we have 2 volunteers to rip up and replace a very small bathroom floor. Since it is so small, I don’t think we can get more than these two volunteers into it at once, so I think we are in good shape for volunteers on this project.

Furniture deliveries are tentatively set for the Second Saturday of each month from now on. If you can spare time on Saturday the 11th (we are typically done by noon), please give us a call.

Paul Sallade
1-814-516-5341

Ross Kilian
1-724-866-4858

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It has been a wonderful year and a truly productive December for our Home Repair efforts. This is a great testament to the energy and unselfish work of all our volunteers and staff.

Just two days before Christmas we completed all work on Joey Mathieson’s addition and it is BEAUTIFUL!!. As we were collecting all our tools and cleaning up, donations of a new furniture were arriving, making it possible for him to sleep in his new bedroom and to use his new bathroom just before Christmas. What a wonderful Christmas present!  Please watch for information on an open house and an appreciation dinner that is being planned for January 22nd for all volunteers who helped on Joey’s addition.

We also completed work on the house at Polk and have been told that the county will continue to own the house. It will be added to Venango County’s list of approved HUD housing and as such, it will be made available at a below-market rate to a HUD-qualified low-income family. A father and his 5 children who currently live in Polk have been anxiously watching the work as it has progressed and will probably be the first tenants.

Finally, we have a few small projects that are on our “to do list”, but feel that you need this week off to enjoy the holidays with your families. So put your feet up, relax and save up your energy for the new year and its new list of smaller jobs, as we have made a conscious decision to avoid any projects as large as the Polk house or Joey’s addition at this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all☺