St. Joseph’s Catholic School hosted Home Works of America the week of July 8-12, bringing together 30 teenagers from different schools.

The students spent the nights in the SJCS gym and spent the days on teams that did repairs on five homes in the Greenville area. They worked hard, had fun, learned new skills, developed new friendships and strengthened existing ones.

Skylar Lewis (SJCS Class of 2021) participated in Home Works for the second year in a row.

“It makes me feel so much more grateful for what I have,” she said. “It makes me feel stupid for complaining about little things, like my charger not working. It’s definitely a good experience. And you make good friends here.”

Everett Babcock (SJCS Class of 2022) said the homeowner prayed with the group and read from the Bible with them.

“He just shows so much joy,” Everett said. “He thanks everybody countless times. It does make you feel good about yourself. It is a lot of work, but you get to help other people.”

The students awoke each day at 6 AM, arrived at their respective sites at 8 and worked until about 4 PM. They returned to SJCS, showered, ate dinner, enjoyed a nightly activity and capped the day with prayer.

Then it was off to bed before beginning another day of service.

“It makes you feel like you’ve made a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” said Everett, “not just the homeowner, but they’ll have people coming to their house, and they’ll be like, ‘Wow, this looks a lot better than it was.’ That’s always nice.”