A team of young adults, ages 18 to 21, from the Community Services Consortium YouthBuild program worked on repairing a Lebanon house on April 23.
The house's roof had several leaks, which led to water damage that destroyed about 1,000 square feet of drywall and led to mold issues and exposed fiberglass in the living areas, according to a press release from CSC. Due to the extent of the damage the homeowners were unable to complete the repairs on their own.
So students from CSC YouthBuild will work on drywall repairs. Once those repairs are completed, a CSC weatherization team will work to create several energy conservation upgrades, according to the release.
"We're going to do a bunch of preliminary work, which will allow the (CSC) weatherization team to do work on the house," said Armand Schoppy, CSC YouthBuild Teacher/Crew Leader. "It's a team effort between these CSC programs."
Also, because of a grant from the Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance, CSC YouthBuild will be able to perform other home upgrades that will include painting the bathroom and installing new flooring.
Dennis Feeney, CSC trainer, led the students and helped with drywall repairs on April 23.
"Our goal is for (the homeowners) to be safe and warm in their own home," Feeney said.
Owners Earlene and Emmett Johnson have lived in the house for 42 years.
The Johnsons have had health and monetary issues that prevented them from completing necessary repairs, Earlene said. The couple were appreciative of receiving the help from the CSC programs.
"Oh my stars, we're ecstatic," Earlene said. "We've gone through so many struggles."
Her husband recently had his hip replaced, she said.
The roof started leaking a few years ago, which led the needed repairs and at the time they didn't have the money to fix the roof, she said.
Members of Southside Church of Christ assisted with installing a new roof and the church helped pay for the roof, Earlene said.
However, large swaths of the ceiling remained stripped to the rafters, Feeney said.
The YouthBuild program provide repair services other agencies are unable to because the YouthBuild program can provide more manpower from all the students enrolled in the program, Feeney said.
Courtney Sherwood, 19, helped with the repairs. She is enrolled in the program so she can earn her GED and go to college, she said. She wants to work with children.
Sherwood decided to enroll in the program because her older sister was enrolled in the program for about four years.
During her time at the CSC, Sherwood has earned several certifications including CPR/First Aid, duct ceiling and LED.
"I have more certifications than I thought possible," Sherwood said. "It's a great program."