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Spotlight Series: Good Works, Transforming Homes and Restoring Hope

May 17, 2024 | Coatesville

For over three decades, Good Works, Inc. has been a beacon of hope for low-income families in central and northern Chester County. Founded 36 years ago, this non-profit organization is dedicated to repairing and rehabilitating homes for those living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. They are a Christian based organization that shares the hope found in Jesus Christ.

Operating on a volunteer-based model, Good Works boasts an impressive roster of 1,122 volunteers who collectively contributed 32,507 hours of service last year alone. With their own team of repair technicians, the organization completed repairs on 35 homes and assisted 174 families with critical repair needs.

What sets Good Works apart is their holistic approach to home repair. Unlike some organizations that focus solely on critical needs, Good Works conducts thorough inspections and repairs everything free of charge to the homeowner, ensuring that each dwelling is “warm, safe, dry, and healthy.”

The rehabilitation process, however, is no small feat. It can take anywhere from 9 to 15 months to rehab a single home. But with the dedication of volunteers, including corporate teams, retirees, and summer work camps, Good Works manages to juggle an impressive 45 houses simultaneously.

Beyond physical repairs, Good Works serves as ambassadors of hope, offering spiritual support and building meaningful relationships with homeowners. If the applicants are open to it, volunteer Ambassadors will pray with them and offer sound Bible-based encouragement and guidance. Good Works’ efforts have been transformative, often rescuing families from the brink of homelessness and financial despair.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must have a deed for their home, meet income level requirements and have paid real estate taxes or be on an approved plan. Once repairs are completed, homeowners receive two “hope certificates,” ensuring that Good Works will return if further assistance is needed within five years.

Despite facing a two-year backlog waiting list, Good Works continues to prioritize emergency cases and operate year-round, rain or shine. With a dedicated staff of 13 employees, including Executive Director Bob Beggs, Good Works remains committed to serving communities across 49 of 73 municipalities in northern and central Chester County.

Through word of mouth and a sterling reputation, Good Works has become synonymous with compassion and service in the region. As income disparities persist, the need for their invaluable work only grows, making their presence in Coatesville, PA, and beyond more crucial than ever.

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Posted by Monica Ferguson

Monica is a senior at West Chester University studying Digital Marketing. She is excited about moving to Chester County and eventually starting her career there after graduation.

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