The youth group of Harlem Baptist Church stays busy and works hard.
Its members spent part of their summer pressure-washing, scraping, priming and painting Helen Dorsey's Stone Street home in Harlem as a mission project.
"They sure are doing a good job," Dorsey said. "It looks better.
Barrett Davis, 16, looked like he got more paint in his hair than on the house, but the idea was to help Dorsey, whose husband, who worked for the city, died last year.
The group painted another home in Harlem 1 1/2 years ago. They often go on mission trips such as one taken earlier this summer to Daytona Beach, Fla., where they worked on many projects.
"We are trying to get them out to do more in the community and be active," said Mayor Scott Dean, leader of the group. "They can do a mission project in town as well as all over the world.
"(We try to help with) any need we find in the community," Dean said of the group that often mows yards and paints houses.
The youth are happy to help and be involved.
Nicole Flynn, 14, (from left) Kacee Camp, 13, and Nick Hill, 12, help paint the house.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"It is one thing to go off on a mission trip and another to do something in your community," said Josh Robinson, 17, who spent most of a recent Friday on a ladder.
Though it took a few days, all the youth were happy to help.
"They have no idea what it means to me," Dorsey said. "It is a big house and a big job and they are doing it," she said. "It really is a blessing."
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