DEXTER – A dream is coming true in Dexter as more than 400 volunteers from across the United States are helping the small-town community.
“They need to know that they’re not just in Maine, and people know where Dexter, Maine is,” said Andrew Bermudez, the pastor at First Baptist Church. “People from around the nation will come in and give them help. They’ll step up and say, ‘Hey we do care, we see that you’re hurting, we want to help you.'”
Through Group Missions Trips, Dexter Workcamp provides free home repairs to the elderly, disabled and other residents in need.
The volunteers are members of youth church groups ages 14 to 18. The group coordinator said they spend a week out of their summer to help others.
“It’s been really cool to see how the organization works, how many communities that it blesses, how many residents are just extremely grateful for the work that the kids do and that’s a true blessing for me to see that happen,” Austin Scott said.
The volunteers have the tools they need, and the safety goggles, and they’re ready to make a change in Dexter.
Campers will paint houses, repair decks or build ramps on houses. Bermudez reached out to Group Missions Trips about two years ago. The organization believed Dexter was a great town to help.
Scott said he hopes the camp will continue to inspire them beyond this trip.
“Hopefully they will always be people that serve other people that will go out of their way for the benefit of others,” said scott. “If they can learn that at 14,15,16, hopefully that just makes a huge impact when they’re 40, 50, 60. They live that life of service for other people.”