KENNETT SQUARE — Good Neighbors Home Repairs celebrated its 30th anniversary with supporters, from friends to volunteers, in the borough on Thursday.
“I’m so happy to recognize Good Neighbors’ milestone,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-158th of West Bradford.
“Thirty years of ensuring safe, accessible homes for families, seniors and individuals with disabilities is a testament to the organization and the kind of people we are here,” Sappey said on Friday.
“Good Neighbors’ work brings volunteers and residents together to keep people in their homes and neighborhoods, and I congratulate them.”
Good Neighbors Home Repair is a Christian-based nonprofit organization headquartered in East Marlborough.
The nonprofit helps repair homes for seniors, single moms, disabled veterans and the working poor as well as struggling families whose circumstances have suddenly changed due to unemployment or an unforeseen emergency crisis.
The charity serves communities across Chester County and northern New Castle County, Delaware.
According to the nonprofit, poverty affects 105,000 People in Chester and New Castle counties.
Recently, the nonprofit has extended its services to eastern Lancaster County.
Some projects Good Neighbors undertakes while working on a house include fixing the roof and repairing windows, siding, doors, porches, the heating system, plumbing, and repairing electrical issues.
During any given year, Good Neighbors enlists the help of about 500 volunteers to complete home repairs for about 140 families in the region, as previously reported.
Harold Naylor is the executive director of Good Neighbors.
“Good Neighbors Home Repair has always been a part of the community and operated between givers, donors, partners and our low-income neighbors,” Naylor said on Friday.
“We provide critical home repairs so that our neighbors can stay in their homes, rather than having to go to an institutional setting or, worse, becoming homeless,” he said.
“We are totally supported, both financially and by volunteers, so that our repairs are free to the homeowner,” Naylor stated. “So, the community’s support of our nonprofit enables us to do the work. Together it’s like a beautiful symphony — all the parts working together to produce wonderful results.”
Naylor fix became involved with Good Neighbors in 2016.
Naylor said Good Neighbors has many partnerships who provide both financial and human resources from churches and businesses to schools, clubs and individuals.
“A wonderful example of this partnership is Willowdale Chapel, one of the larger churches in the area,” Naylor said. “For almost 20 years they have funded repairs and they have fielded repair teams who have done the actual repairs.”
Naylor, who resides in Wilmington, said during the last 32 months, Good Neighbors has assisted more than 300 families — approximately 650 people.
“In 2022, we are planning to serve 160 families,” he said.
“Even though we have been active for 30 years, there are many friends that we haven’t met, and we benefit from new input and skills — please contact us and let’s have a chat about your passions to serve,” he said.