After building Elley’s Hope, a playground for children with disabilities near its church property, Berachah Church in Middletown is returning to renovating a local home as part of its Hands & Feet Ministry.
Clark Helvey, pastor of outreach and missions, said Berachah started renovating homes in the city in 2007, and in the last 10 years, has repaired 60 residences. One year, he said, the church, supported by financial assistance from the city, repaired 54 residences and got them up to code.
Helvey said church leaders are asking area residents to nominate someone “special” who needs their home renovated. He said the home must be owned and occupied to be eligible.
Church volunteers are planning to renovate one home this year and the project will be conducted May 18-21 and will be highlighted by the unveiling, Helvey said.
The last two years, church and community volunteers have spent their summers building Elley’s Hope Playground near Lefferson Park and the church in the former Verity Middle School on Johns Road. The playground features equipment for children with disabilities and those without, Helvey said. There is a merry-go-round, swings and slides, he said.
Over the last two years, the playground has received financial assistance from the Middletown Community Foundation. The MCF has awarded $37,000 during the last two phases of the project, Helvey said.
The playground in named in honor of Elley Ferrell, the daughter of Berachah’s pastor, Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.
Nominations for the Hands & Feet Ministry home makeover are due Feb. 24 so Berachah can apply for a grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, Helvey said. Nomination letters can be mailed to: Berachah Church, P.O. Box 156, Middletown, Ohio, 45042 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.