The 20th Community Rehab Project was held successfully during the week of June 9 - 14. More than 294 volunteers completed renovations including painting, roofing, siding, wheelchair ramps, and windows on 18 homes during the week. Other volunteers worked in food preparation, delivery, and other needed positions. Volunteers came from Comanche County and various locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma participated in this year’s Project.

Projects were located in Comanche, Desdemona, Sipe Springs, and De Leon and were completed thanks to the dedicated workers.

The materials used in the projects came from private donations and registration fees paid by the volunteers. That’s right - the volunteers paid for the opportunity to work! Early week had cool days, but temperatures then climbed and the humidity was high during the week. The workers kept their hands occupied with hammers and paintbrushes to accomplish their tasks. Each evening closed with a time of worship.

Since it first began 20 years ago as work on a single home, Community Rehab Project has now had over 5,150 volunteers and the number of homes renovated now stands at 304.

To see “before and after” construction photos and photos of some of the work in action during the past few years, go to our website www.communityrehabproject.org and click under the photos tab. Below are before and after pictures from 700 East Grand and 532 South Austin in Comanche.

As amazing as it is to compare “before” and “after” photos of the homes, the change in home exteriors fails in comparison to the different perspective many of the young people received after spending the week involved in the project, learning to serve their community.

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