KENNETT SQUARE — Good Neighbors Home Repairs celebrated its 30th anniversary with supporters, from friends to volunteers, in the borough on Thursday.
“I am so happy to recognize the milestone of Good Neighbors,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-158th of West Bradford.
“Thirty years of providing safe and accessible homes for families, seniors and people with disabilities is a testament to the organization and the kind of people we are here,” Sappey said Friday.
“The work of Good Neighbors brings together volunteers and residents to keep people in their homes and neighborhoods, and I commend them for that.
Good Neighbors Home Repair is a non-profit Christian organization headquartered in East Marlborough.
The non-profit organization helps repair the homes of the elderly, single mothers, disabled veterans and working poor as well as struggling families whose circumstances have suddenly changed due to unemployment or a crisis. unforeseen emergency.
The charity serves communities in Chester County and northern New Castle County, Delaware.
Poverty affects 105,000 people in Chester and New Castle counties, according to the nonprofit.
Recently, the non-profit organization expanded its services to eastern Lancaster County.
Some projects Good Neighbors undertake while working on a home include repairing the roof and repairing windows, siding, doors, porches, heating system, plumbing and repairing electrical issues.
In any given year, Good Neighbors uses around 500 volunteers to carry out home repairs for around 140 families in the area, as previously reported.
Harold Naylor is the Managing Director of Good Neighbours.
“Good Neighbors Home Repair has always been part of the community and operated between donors, donors, partners and our low-income neighbors,” Naylor said Friday.
“We are doing essential home repairs so our neighbors can stay in their homes, rather than having to go to a facility or, worse, become homeless,” he said.
“We are totally supported, both financially and by volunteers, so that our repairs are free for the owner,” said Naylor. “So community support for our nonprofit allows us to get the job done. Together it’s like a beautiful symphony – all parts work together to produce wonderful results.
Naylor fix became involved with Good Neighbors in 2016.
Naylor said Good Neighbors has many partnerships that provide financial and human resources from churches and businesses to schools, clubs and individuals.
“A wonderful example of this partnership is Willowdale Chapel, one of the largest churches in the area,” Naylor said. “For nearly 20 years they funded repairs and they put in repair crews that did the actual repairs.”
Naylor, who resides in Wilmington, said that over the past 32 months Good Neighbors has helped more than 300 families, or about 650 people.
“In 2022, we expect to serve 160 families,” he said.
“Even though we’ve been in business for 30 years, there are many friends we haven’t met, and we benefit from new contributions and skills – please get in touch and let’s discuss your passions for service,” he said. he declares.