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City Accepting Applications for Small Home Repairs

Mayor Timothy T. Stewart and the Commission on Persons with Disabilities have announced they are currently accepting referrals for small home repairs completed at no charge by a group of high school and college students. This summer will mark the fourth year the United Methodist Action Reach Out Mission will be returning to New Britain. They are anon-profit organization who originated in Texas 30 years ago and continue to thrive there.

UM ARMY {United Methodist Action Reach out by Youth} has been in the Northeast for the past 10 years. They have had camps every summer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Hampsphire. The mission of this program is to provide a needed service for those who need assistance with repairs they are unable to do for themselves. These repairs might include: interior and exterior painting, fixing or replacing hand rails, steps, doors, home repairs and yard work to name a few. They have also built handicap
ramps, obtaining the necessary permits to meet code. The mission of the camp is twofold for the participants. It is to foster leadership in the youth and to teach the value of doing for others.

Teams are made up of youth under the guidance of an adult. This service is free to clients. The fees the participants pay to come to camp provide the budget for these costs. The camp is run by a group of dedicated adults who are committed to providing a wonderful experience for the clients and the camp participants. Referrals are received from local community agencies and UM ARMY makes every effort to touch the lives of as many clients as they are able to that week. They pre-site every job to deter- mine if they are able to complete it and
to enable the client to meet a representative from their organization.

The clients need to be home on both the pre-site day and the week of camp if they are selected. Selection of client jobs is done based on the determination of safety issues and greatest need. If selected the clients will receive a call a week before camp and some will be called during the week of camp. UM ARMY often has 14 teams working and it is difficult to predict the exact date they will visit. They ask you to contact your referring agency if you have any questions regarding your selection.

The week of camp is July 18-22. The date of pre-sites is June 11th. If you are interested in obtaining more informa- tion please contact : Maureen Keyes, Disability Worker, Commission on Persons with Disabilities, Room 301, City Hall or call her at 860-826-3368. Keyes email is: You are also encouraged to visit their website for more information.