Repairing Homes and Lives
Workcamps give youth a chance to serve people in need through FREE home repair, basic construction, and painting—just like the people around the corner or right next door. Workcamps can attract up to 400 or more teenagers which fuels the enthusiasm and excitement throughout the entire week… and the entire community!
In 1976, Colorado sustained a catastrophic flood. The following year, Thom Schultz, founder of Group Publishing, organized church youth groups from across the country to come to Colorado and help rebuild the homes and lives of the flood victims. More than 300 teenagers and their youth leaders, just like the ones who visited Virginia Beach in the of summer 2016, arrived in Colorado and worked on over 50 repair projects. As a result, Group Cares (formerly Group Workcamps Foundation) was established as the nonprofit partner of Group Publishing. Since then, over 300,000 mission trip participants have racked up more than 6 million volunteer hours serving people and the legacy of impactful camp experiences continues.
Providence Presyberterian Church
- Porch repair/construction
- Step repair
- Exterior painting
- Interior painting
- Roofing Repair (No Tear offs)
- Wheelchair ramp repair/construction
- Mobile home skirting
Repairs are free to qualifying individiuals. To learn how your home might be included, please complete the application and return to Providence Presbyterian Church.
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November 1, 2017 Initial Registration
March 1, 2018 Final Registration
Camp week is intensive with individuals and youth from around the country spending one week together performing hands-on home-repair projects for elderly, low-income, and disabled families in the Virginia Beach area. The work at each home will be done by five young people, and at least one adult leader, and will represent many Christian denominations.
A day in the life of youth
Youth participating in Workcamps wake early at a Virginia Beach campsite, complete projects in all types of weather, and serve people in and around Virginia Beach with kindness and enthusiasm. Each busy day also includes devotions, study, evening programs back at the school and nightly debriefs of their experiences and what those experience will mean in their faith walk back home.
A special evening
The week’s highlight comes Friday evening: a gathering of students, leaders, volunteers, supporters and homeowners for a shared meal. Homeowners express their heartfelt gratitude for the life-changing repairs. Youth and leaders express gratitude for the generous support, organized projects, sparkling facilities, and warm welcome received in Virginia Beach… and their hope to return for a future Workcamp!
2016 WORKCAMP STATS
Applications from homeowners in need poured in for the free repairs offered. Youth and leaders repaired homes in our local community:
- 46 homes
- 22 mobile homes
- 1 Disabled American Veterans Center
In five short days, Workcamp teams completed:
- 7 wheel chair ramps
- 5 roof repairs
- 9 mobile home skirting projects
- 70 interior and exterior painting jobs
- 26 deck and outside wood repairs
- 17 other projects including collecting over 2000 items for the local food pantry and Blankets for the Homeless
- Over $300,000 was invested into the community
Youth and staff
Workcamps Virginia Beach became Group Cares' destination of choice!
- 421 students
- 20 staff members
- 14 youth groups from eight states