The 30th annual Help-A-House home repair program in Goshen is a partnership of Lacasa, Inc. and the City of Goshen. A part of this program is the Help-A-House Community Work Day, which usually includes deploying over 200 good-willed volunteers from the community to complete projects at the homes of Goshen homeowners and properties that Lacasa is revitalizing. In accordance with current guidance from the CDC and local health officials, the Help-A-House Community Work Day, a program highlight, scheduled for the second Saturday of May (May 9, 2020) is postponed indefinitely.
However, the Help-A-House program itself does continue with the mission to complete repairs on Goshen homes for households with limited income. Through other means, homes will still be repaired this year and communities revitalized through the Help-A-House program.
“We are disappointed to postpone this energizing event, especially in this 30th year,” said Chris Kingsley, President/CEO of Lacasa, Inc. “We remain vigilant to the COVID-19 situation and could not in good faith continue to plan for the Community Work Day in May. We remain committed to assisting people in our community with their needed repairs and the Help-a-House program itself, which is doing repairs on homes of Goshen homeowners, continues.”
The Help-A-House program is funded through the City of Goshen’s CDBG funds and donations from local individuals, businesses, and organizations. The 2020 Lead Sponsor is State Farm with a $14,750 gift. Key Sponsors with gifts at or above $5,000 include: Everence, Fidler Family Fund, Genesis Products, Goshen Health, Interra Credit Union, Keystone/Crossroads/Dutchmen RV, Lake City Bank, Patrick Industries, and Veada Industries, Inc. Over 560 homes and families in Goshen have benefitted from Help-A-House since its inception in 1991, completing major repairs such as furnace replacements, window replacement, and accessibility additions.