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Southern Hospitality Group helps in Valdosta

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

370 teenagers from all over the country are in Valdosta this week repairing houses for people who can't handle the work on their own. There's no charge for the elderly or disabled homeowners.

Volunteers scrape paint off Elizabeth Sharp's house Monday. By the end of the week her entire house will have a fresh new paint job.

"I couldn't afford it otherwise. I'm so thankful and appreciative what the city's doing for senior citizens," she said.

Jonhehan Rochow is here all the way from Houston, Texas. "It makes you feel like you're doing manual labor, you feel like you're accomplishing something and. You're just spreading the word of God."

Valdosta has hosted the Southern Hospitality Group Workcamp faith based group for six years now. The teens spend the week working on houses and having fun.

Whether it be painting or building handicap ramps or doing siding building a porch or just whatever the resident needs to get around. And while the makeover isn't finished yet, Sharp says it feels good knowing these campers traveled many miles to help her out.

"I feel like a new person I feel so good about it I like nice things. I like to keep things in order so this way I can get out there in my yard and do my shrubbery, my flowers," Sharp said.

And her house here on Kingdom Street is one of 34 these campers are working on.

 A house on Dasher Lane is getting porch work done. And the work gets the city of Valdosta closer to its goal of eliminating substandard housing in the community by the year 2020. 

Qualifying homes must be owner-occupied and located in the city's designated revitalization area.

The homeowners must meet age, disability, and income requirements set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

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