Church volunteers spend week revamping Ashby House in Salina

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SALINA, Kansas – Kylie Georgian is volunteering her time and efforts for the first time in hopes of making a difference.

“I’ve been up on the lift trying to get some of the trim done on the roof and obviously painting some of the windows.”

Georgian and more than 20 other youth and adult volunteers from the Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois traveled down to Salina to help remodel the Ashby House’s homeless shelter.

The group has worked tirelessly since Sunday performing a range of tasks.

“They have replaced the porch, they have replaced the stairs in the shelter, they’re doing some work inside in the kitchen,” said Kathy Allen, Ashby House.

Allen says the facility houses up to 60 homeless women, children and families at any given time.

She says the labor would have cost thousands of dollars, but now is being done free of charge by people who just simply care.

“The biggest thing for us isn’t so much the work that they’re doing, but the impact that it’s having on the woman who are here.”

An impact that is meaningful to all the church members who made the eight-hour drive to volunteer their time.

“We’re not just putting paint on walls, we’re literally helping women for years to come,” said Jim Harrelson, Christ United Methodist Church volunteer. “I’ve been able to be a part of this project and helping people for those who’ve had hard and difficult lives and for me to give back to them what they probably didn’t have before.”

Volunteers will finish up work on the home on Friday, ultimately giving the 100-year-old structure in the heart of Salina’s Historic District a much-needed face lift.

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