ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – About 400 high school and college students from across the country were in St. Louis making repairs to homes owned by senior citizens, free of charge. The students participated in a program called Catholic HEART, which stands for Helping Everyone Achieve Repairs Today.
Catholic HEART Work Camp is about service, connection, and loving others.
It all started in 1993 in Orlando, Florida with 100 participants, and has since grown to over 13,000 serving those in need. CHWC provides parish youth groups, teens, and adult leaders service opportunities to restore homes and HEARTS, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, bring joy to the elderly and disabled, and offer assistance while partnering with social agencies.
Each work camp is equipped with a summer staff, director, manager, musician, nurse and priests to celebrate mass/confession. It is a youth-friendly Christ-centered Week of caring for others.
More than 70 homes owned by seniors in St. Louis, Missouri were repaired this week. The worked performed consisted of painting, yard work, indoor/outdoor clean-up, home maintenance and repair on existing homes, distribute food to the needy and restoring hope to those who have none.
The organization reaches out to the elderly and disabled and families in an attempt to help them remain warm, safe and independent in their homes. Parents pay for their teen to participate in the program.