UNION COUNTY — Five residences in three communities in Union County new roofs, floors, appliances, windows, plumbing, and fresh coats of paint thanks the youth and adult volunteers of the Salkehatchie Summer Service.
According to its website (www.salkehatchie.org) Salkehatchie Summer Service “is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.”
A program of the “South Carolina Conference Board of Global Ministries,” Salkehatchie Summer Service “is for high school and college age youth drawn primarily from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. Participants must be at least 14 years old by the beginning of the camp they attend. Adult leaders are also needed to offer guidance and support.”
As for the reason behind the program, the website states:
Many of our neighbors in South Carolina live in homes needing repair and Jesus has called us to love our neighbor (Luke 10:29-37). South Carolina United Methodist Youth need to experience Christian servant hood. “And he said to all, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ ” — (Luke 9:23)
This year’s Salkehatchie Summer Service of Union got under way when 75 youth and adult volunteers began work on two residences in Union, two in Jonesville, and one in Carlisle. The renovations included new roofs, floors, windows, and other improvements including new appliances and coats of paint. In one case, the volunteers installed the first indoor plumbing the house had ever had.
Brown said that the renovations on the houses will include new roofs and, in the case of one, a new indoor bathroom. He said that not only will it be a new indoor bathroom, it will be the first indoor bathroom the house has ever had.
This year’s Salkehatchie Summer Service of Union project will get under way June 20 when 75 participants, both youth and adults, will begin work on the five houses. Each participant pays $230 to participate in the Salkehatchie Summer Service program.
Only four houses were originally scheduled to be renovated as part of the summer service project, but the number grew to five after Broad River Electric Charities donated $2,000 to Salkehatchie in May.
While working in Union County, the Salkehatchie volunteers were housed at Sims Middle School where breakfast was prepared for and served to them. Lunch and dinners was provided to the volunteers by local churches including Grace United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Buffalo United Methodist Church, Bogansville United Methodist Church, Unity United Methodist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church, Fosters Chapel United Methodist Church, New Hope United Methodist Church, Sardis United Methodist Church, Duncan Acres United Methodist Church, and Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.