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Kingdom Builders helps with building, repairs for those in need
Kingdom Builders
Joey Fennell, executive director of Kingdom Builders, is shown outside the group’s office in Statesboro.
    What do you do when your roof leaks, but you can't afford to repair it? Or, if you are handicapped and need a ramp, but you are on a fixed income?
    What can you do?
    Kingdom Builders just may be able to help.
    It's not a business, but a ministry that helps those in need, Kingdom Builders opened an office in Statesboro several years ago. Volunteers with the organization will help those who qualify this summer to get needed repairs and home improvements, said Joey Fennell, executive director of the group.
    Volunteers with church youth groups from Georgia and North Carolina will be in Statesboro June 22-28 to help repair and replace windows, paint, perform siding replacement and other household improvements and repairs for homeowners who qualify, he said.
    Also, Fennell said volunteers from InJen (intergenerational) church organizations will be in Statesboro July 9-13 to perform minor interior and exterior carpentry work.
    The youth groups – grades 7-12 – will stay at Georgia Southern University, while the InJen group will stay at Quality Inns and Suites, Fennell said.
    People applying for the service project must own their own homes, be financially unable to afford repairs, and reside in the home, he said.
    Qualified homeowners will be considered low or moderate income by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. All household income must be reported at the time of application, and property taxes for all previous years must be paid in order to qualify, Fennell said.
    Kingdom Builders came to Statesboro in 2005 after Fennell made the decision to leave First Baptist Church's youth ministry to follow a calling he felt to focus on Kingdom Builders. He and three others met in Helen, Ga., and "prayed about what to do," he said. Then they parted for a while to contemplate, and when they reconvened, "they all kept looking at  me," he said.
    When the time came to form the organization, "100 percent of people we asked (for donations) said yes," Fennell said.
    Kingdom Builders is funded by donations and public fundraisers but "we are working on an endowment right now," he said.
    All repairs made by Kingdom Builders are free for the homeowner, through "an amortized deferred payment loan." There is zero cost to the homeowner as long as he or she does not sell the house for three years after the repairs are made. The money to pay the loan is provided by donations from individuals and businesses. Labor is free, performed by volunteers such as the groups coming to Statesboro this summer.
    Applications can be downloaded from Web site or picked up at the Kingdom Builders office at the Outreach Center, 515 Denmark Street, Statesboro.
    For more information call Fennell at (912) 489-5252.
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