Mission volunteers team up with Fresh Coat Cleveland

(Plain Press, August 2007) One hundred and thirty-five volunteers from churches throughout the country spent the week of June 30th to July 7th in Cleveland volunteering paint a dozen houses for Cleveland Hope’s Fresh Coat Cleveland project.. The volunteers, – middle school, high school, college students and adults – are participants in World Changers, a project of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

On the Near West Side teams of mission volunteers painted homes of low-income families on Denison Avenue, Woodbridge, Marvin, W. 48, W. 95 and W. 98th Streets. World Changers camped out in a church in Parma during their week of service. Each participant contributed $260 to help defray the cost of the mission.

One of the Near West Side households benefiting from a paint job was that of an elderly couple in their mid-seventies. The couple, having raised eight children in the house, did not want to leave their Cleveland home despite being recently victimized by burglars who stole stained glass windows and a mantle from the house.

In addition to painting houses, the World Changers hosted block parties with free ice cream in some of the neighborhoods where they were performing their service.

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