Molly Gangwer needed some home repairs done. She had tried to work with contractors, but was not able to successfully accomplish what she needed. As an employee of a nonprofit, Molly was involved with a group of Volunteer Professionals, where she had heard about LaCasa and the Help-A-House program. “I didn’t have an immediate need for the service, but remember thinking at the time how unique it was. When the need arose and it became obvious I would need some repairs, I thought of LaCasa. I stopped in at the office, picked up an application, and had a brief interview to inquire if they could help fix my roof.”
Molly went on, “Staff was easy to work with, very cordial, and attentive. There was general preparation to be done for the projects–painting the garage, house trim, etc– that was all completed by LaCasa staff.”
On Help-A-House Day itself, volunteers from Goshen City Church of the Brethren and the Kiwanis Club came to Molly’s house. Molly described the day: “Work day felt more like a day of friends helping my son and I make repairs on our house. Mayor Stutsman and his family even came to help.” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman was the designated Crew Leader for the project, a volunteer job he has done for LaCasa for the last five years. He brought volunteers from City government. “I was especially touched when the volunteers brought me flowers, as the workday was held the day before Mother’s Day. “
Molly encourages anyone who might qualify to ask LaCasa about applying. “All in all, the project turned out well. My leaky roof and drywall were fixed. It was an easy process and well worth looking into if anyone is needing home repairs done.”
In order to qualify, applicants must have resided in their homes for at least the last 12 months, must live within the city limits of Goshen (you know your home is in the city if it has no more than a 4-digit address and is connected to city water and sewer), and their incomes must fit within the income limits specified by the program (varies by size of household). Persons who are interested in Help-A-House should call 574-533-4450 or text HELPHOUSE to 51555 for more information.