This is the 10th year the Middletown church has performed home improvement community service, said Clark Helvey, pastor of outreach and missions. The church has renovated 65 Middletown homes and built a handicapped-accessible playground named “Elley’s Hope,” in honor of the daughter of Berachah Pastor Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.
Ferrell said while the renovations were being completed, the families — including a retired Middletown police officer, a woman with a disability, a man battling terminal cancer and a person with multiple sclerosis— were sent away until Sunday’s unveiling.
“We’re making some families really happy,” Ferrell said.
Some of the projects include installing windows, heat and air conditioning, painting and landscaping, and relocating a washer and dryer to make them more accessible. He estimated the value of the labor and materials at $100,000.
Sam Brock, along with other volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown, help renovate a bathroom and closet for a wheelchair bound citizen, Thursday, May 18, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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One of the renovations is taking place in the 1200 block of Barnitz Street. Volunteers from Berachah demolished the bathroom Thursday, then church volunteers and workers from FinPan Inc., a family owned Hamilton business for the last 40 years, installed a handicapped-accessible shower for the woman.
A large bathtub was removed and a shower, with a 2½-inch step, was installed. Now, the woman will be able to shower with less assistance from her husband, said Renee Robertson, national sales and marketing manager for FinPan. The company has partnered with Berachah before and was eager to help renovate the bathroom, Robertson said.