MATE Housing Ministry
We create safe places to live!
MATE’s Housing Ministry every year helps 70-80 clients in need stay in their homes by doing home repairs they otherwise could not afford. Volunteer work teams from neighbors, businesses, and churches come each summer from nearby and far away and gladly share their time and talents with homeowners to create safe housing!
For our Clients
WHO? You have a home, but you’re unable to perform repairs or pay someone to do them. You are elderly, a single parent, a veteran or a person with a disability – reach out to us!
WHAT? Painting, roof repairs, porches, steps, ramps and simple interior and exterior repair are likely projects for MHM. Wherever possible, we ask homeowners and families to participate in the work and its cost.
WHERE? Mostly our neighbors in parts of Franklin and Somerset counties. For a full list click this link: Franklin County for the following areas/towns: The “Greater” Farmington area, Chesterville, Mercer, Jay, N. Jay, Livermore Falls, Wilton, New Sharon, Temple, Strong, Starks, Industry, New Vineyard. Western Somerset County for the following areas/towns: New Portland, Lexington, Highland Plantation, Embden, N. Anson, Anson.
WHEN? Most of our work takes place during the summer, but we are working hard to get the program going year-round.
HOW? Fill out this application and return it. Each application received will be considered. You will be contacted to set up an assessment appointment, and we will notify you whether or not we are able to do the work requested.
WHY? Because we love to serve God and we care about our neighbors and community. We strive to bring health, safety and warmth to homes and bring resiliency to the people and communities we serve.
For more information about who we are and what we do, or inquiries for participation in our volunteer program, contact Rev. Thea Kornelius at [email protected]
For our Volunteers
Are you someone who likes to get your hands dirty and build? We need you! Click the button below to download our volunteer application!
WEEKS ALREADY RESERVED FOR 2021
|June 6 – June 12|
|June 13 – June 19|
|June 20 – June 26||Dover UCC?|
|June 27 – July 3|
|July 4 – July 10|
|July 11 – July 17||Kirk in the Hills|
|July 18- July 24 (FULL)||Camp Hill and Ramsey||Sudbury|
|July 25 – July 31 (FULL)||Allentown, NJ|
August 1 – August 7
August 5 – August 9
|August 8 – August 14|
|August 15 – August 21|
We try to keep these dates updated… If you are not sure if there is still space, please reach out to Thea.
“MATE has played an important part in ourour church as well as my own life. Over the past 10 years I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying over 120 youth to MATE to repair and maintain the homes of those who can neither physically nor financially do it themselves. For most youth, the trip is their first exposure to mission work. They return home fulfilled not only by the physical work but also by the relationships they developed with homeowners. Each year our debriefing ends with “This was the best trip yet!“. I know for a fact that the experience has long term effects on youth in their emotional and spiritual development. We’ve even had youth participants become adult chaperones as they’ve grown! Over the years I have worked on homes in West Virginia, Texas and Puerto Rico alongside young adults that had their first mission experience at MATE. Of all the mission work I’ve done over 15 years, I’ve had no greater joy on a mission trip than watching the lifelong impact of the MATE experience. The dedicated leadership and staff of MATE make it all possible, from their special talents to their compassion, to their drive to solve problems and to serve others.”
“Mission at the Eastward has been part of my life for the past four years and will continue to be for years to come. I am now 17 years old and a senior and do not plan to stop participating in MATE work anytime soon.
“MATE is important to me. It gives me the ability to change someone’s life no matter how small or big the task is. Every year we have worked on different houses and done different tasks, from painting a fence to replacing flooring to rebuilding a porch. Every home owner has been incredibly grateful for what we have done. Each homeowner has a different story and treasures different things in their lives. You always know that who you do makes a life easier or safer. Through even a few days at MATE you can see what a big impact you can make in your community.”