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Salkehatchie seeks homes to repair

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By The Staff

The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp is looking for residents in Indian Land, Van Wyck and Fort Mill who need help with substantial home repairs. The camp runs June 15-22 and repairs will be made during that week.
Since 1998, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church has hosted 70 plus campers each summer for a work week that has helped more than 120 homeowners in the Indian Land, Van Wyck and Fort Mill communities.
“Generally, the people we help have fallen on bad times,” said Tony Carnes, who directs the local program. He said past recipients have been unable to keep up with home repairs because they were elderly, single parents, had been laid off or dealt with illness.  “We’ve done everything from roofing down to the foundation,” he said.
The camp invites referrals from local agencies, such as the Indian Land Council on Aging, S.C. Department of Social Services and the Fort Mill Care Center, as well as local churches and concerned citizens. Families who have been helped in the past also send people their way, Carnes said.
Generally, the camp is able to help homeowners with painting, plumbing, exterior siding, wall, floor, window and roof repairs.
The ministry is intended to help people who are unable to help themselves, due to financial or health issues. The work and materials are provided free of charge, but not guaranteed. To be eligible to receive assistance, the home occupant must own the home; it must be safe for workers, and there must be enough work to last 10 to 12 youth and adult workers about five days.
Carnes said they usually receive 10 to 15 applicants that they narrow down to five or six after assessing the work needed.
Belair, Osceola, St. John’s, Philadelphia and Grace Community United Methodist churches also assist with the camp, which is one of more than 50 held each summer throughout South Carolina.
If you know someone who needs this type of help or if you need it, call Carnes at (803) 984-5500 or Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at (803) 548-4922. To be considered for this year’s camp, referrals must be received before the end of April.
Donations to help with the camp may also be sent directly to the church at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Salkehatchie Ministry, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, SC 29707.