The 30th annual Help-A-House home repair program in Goshen is a partnership of Lacasa, Inc. and the City of Goshen. Work is beginning at the ten homeowner sites in Goshen with projects including insulation, electrical work, plumbing and HVAC, accessibility improvements, windows, and siding. The annual Help-A-House Community Work Day in May was cancelled, though some limited volunteer opportunities may be available. One volunteer group, led by State Farm agent Scott Roth, was recently able to complete exterior yard work at a Goshen home. State Farm is the 2020 Lead Sponsor of Help-A-House.
The Help-A-House Community Work Day usually includes deploying over 200 good-willed volunteers one Saturday in May to complete projects at the homes of Goshen homeowners and properties that Lacasa is revitalizing. The Help-A-House Community Work Day was canceled in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health officials regarding COVID-19. However, the Help-A-House program itself has continued, with the mission to complete repairs on Goshen homes for households with limited income. The application process is complete, and homes are being repaired and communities revitalized through the Help-A-House program.
The Help-A-House program is funded through the City of Goshen’s CDBG funds and donations from local individuals, businesses, and organizations. State Farm is the Lead Sponsor with a gift of $14,750. 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.