Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, May 27, 2018

homefront St Patrick Farmington Team 900x600The HomeFront Day team from St. Patrick Parish in Farmington poses for a group photo at the home where they made repairs for a Navy veteran and his wife on May 5.

The project included repairing the hot water heater, upgrading electric service, replacing windows and replacing gutters. 

This is the 13th year that the parish has had a participating team.

St. Patrick was one of 19 parishes within the Archdiocese of Hartford that participated in the annual fix-up, clean-up day.

Others were the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford; Christ the King Parish, Wethersfield; St. Ann, Avon; St. Dunstan, Glastonbury; St. Peter Claver, West Hartford; North American Martyrs, East Hartford; St. Ambrose, North Branford; St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield; St. Brigid, West Hartford; St. Edmund Campion, East Hartford; St. George, Guilford; St. John Bosco, Branford; St. Josephine Bakhita, Rocky Hill; St. Mary Magdalen, Oakville; St. Patrick, Enfield; St. Paul, Kensington; St. Raphael, Milford; St. Raymond of Peñafort, Enfield; St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford and St. Nicholas, Seymour. homefront New drainage 600x700

At right, a team from St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in Rocky Hill repairs the drainage around the Newington home of a 66-years old retired woman on a fixed income.

The work included replacing back stairs, replacing cast iron rotted rails, providing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, repairing the exterior door to basement, changing a sump pump draining into driveway, installing new gutter covers, painting and yard work. 

This was is the 20th year that the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry has worked with HomeFront Day. Several parishes received funding made possible by Cooperative Parish Sharing from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal to support their projects.

A total of 2,000 local volunteers rolled up their sleeves to celebrate HomeFront Day’s 30th anniversary. The volunteers revitalized 70 homes for low-income families in 36 cities across much of Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y.

The volunteers for Homefront Day this year represented 63 participating faith communities, service organizations and corporations.

Their free repairs enable older adults living on fixed incomes, disabled homeowners, single-parent households and families in transitional crisis to remain in their homes with a much-improved quality of life. 

HomeFront is a community-based program dedicated to providing quality of life improvements to families with financial hardships. 

Since 1988, HomeFront volunteers have repaired 3,100 homes, injecting $54 million of assistance where it is needed most.  More information on HomeFront can be found online at:  www.homefrontprogram.org.