S.H.A.R.E gets a facelift
On June 8, young people and adults from the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in West Houston arrived in Crockett for a week of work, worship, and willingness to give to others.
The “Workcamp” program has been a cornerstone of the church’s student ministry for over thirty-five years. This year the Workcamp selected Crockett as the destination for its summer mission trip. More than a hundred and fifty high schoolers, counselors, adult volunteers, and full-time staff members were on hand to tackle the projects. All the work is done at no cost to the community. The group used Crockett Middle School as their ‘base camp.’ Days were spent working, and in the evenings, the volunteers reunited for group meetings and worship services.
One of the tasks selected was the revitalization of Houston County S.H.A.R.E. Share is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and housewares for the underserved members of Houston County. Besides receiving a new external coat of paint and colorful artwork representing the Share vision, volunteers built a much-needed porch roof and a covered entryway to the building. The addition of outside lights, bookshelves for the inside foyer, building a large sorting table, cleaning the storage room, and some minor electrical work completed the renovations. The Workcamp team also donated beans and rice for over 400 familiesand are taking up a cash donation to help provide food or services to SHARE clients.
“They had fun, and I had fun,” said Cliff Coldiron, Director of SHARE. In his thank you to the team, Coldiron had this to say, “You know the old saying, when you leave somewhere, try and leave it in better shape than when you got there. You have left Crockett in better shape in three ways. You have served the community by improving the outside appearance of our building, served the volunteers with the indoor improvements, and served our clients by providing food and a nicer place to receive services.” And always a pragmatist, Coldiron’s final words of advice to the group - “If you want to make yourself happy, give yourself away.”
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