Backyard Mission project seeks submissions


For the last eleven years, First Presbyterian and First Christian Reformed Churches have undertaken a joint mission project in Chatham.

Over two days, a group of volunteers transforms the outside of a house for an individual in need. In the past, they have scraped and painted houses, built wheelchair ramps and fences, done general carpentry repairs, replaced eaves troughs, landscaped, and done general cleanup around a house.

This is done free of charge as an outreach of love and compassion to the homeowner.

This year’s project will take place on a Friday and Saturday in August. The date is yet to be determined.

Organizers are looking for a homeowner in Chatham whose home is in need of repair or TLC. The recipient must own his/her home, live on the premises, and have homeowner insurance.

Unfortunately because of liability, we are not able to repair roofs.

All work must be done to the exterior of the house.

If you have this kind of need because of disability or other circumstances or you know of someone that would benefit from this project, please reply in writing to: Backyard Mission Project, First Presbyterian Church, 60 Fifth St., Chatham Ont., N7L 4V7. Replies can also be sent via e-mail to Please put “Backyard Mission” in your e-mail message header.

Include the name and address of the individual(s), what needs to be done around the home, reasons why this would be a worthy project to be undertaken, some assurance of home ownership and home insurance, and whether you are the home owner or are nominating someone else.

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