Rogersville ministry hosts meeting for potential home repair recipients

Jeff Bobo • Feb 14, 2020 at 1:45 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Of One Accord ministry will host a Town Hall Meeting Saturday morning in Rogersville for anyone interested in applying for an emergency home repair through the ministry's Operation Good Neighbor program.

Every year, the OGN hosts mission groups from across the country that come to Hawkins and Hancock counties and perform home repairs and other volunteer services.

Operation Good Neighbor’s primary focus is to “serve the underserved” — providing handicapped accessibility construction and emergency home repairs.

Mission teams do a variety of home repairs such as roofs, walls, siding and decks, and occasionally have their own licensed electricians, licensed plumbers and experienced contractors. At times, mission have rebuilt entire rooms, and on a couple of occasions, entire homes.

The ministry has a licensed contractor on staff as well to make sure the repairs meet building code requirements.

The meeting on Saturday will be held at the Shepherd Center, 306 E. Main St, Rogersville, in the Community Room, which is located behind the thrift store, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served.

Of One Accord Director Sheldon Livesay told the Times News that Saturday's meeting is to provide potential applicants all the information they need to complete their applications, such as the eligibility requirements, as well as tell them what the program can and can't do — and what has to happen before a project can be approved.

“If we have 20 or 30 new applications this year, it's just a lot easier to get everybody in one room and explain everything once rather than try to explain it over and over to everyone individually” Livesay said.

One thing applicants should understand more than anything is that there's no guarantee there request will be approved.

“It's just a matter of having the right mission team with the right people who have the skills to do the work on a certain project,” Livesay said. “We've had mission teams come in who had the resources to knock out several small requests in a week, and on other occasions it takes their whole week to do one project. The amount of projects depends on how many mission teams we recruit this year, and the skills that their members possess.”

Livesay added, “Some folks have had projects pending for years. Sometimes we have to tell them to do what we do — just keep praying. A lot of times our prayers do get answered.”

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