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'Somebody Cares' completes projects
By St. Augustine Record, Nicole Goyette

'Somebody Cares' completes projects

By NICOLE GOYETTE   |   More by this reporter  |  Record Correspondent   |   Posted: Friday, March 7, 2008 ; Updated: 7:51 AM on Friday, March 7, 2008


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The caring continues with Somebody Cares St. Augustine. The group recently completed three projects with the help of members from Homeport Christian Church and Coquina Community Church.

One of the SCSA sponsored projects was renovating the home of Mayola Thomas on West King Street. Volunteers worked together to paint the inside of the home, repair the back porch, put down carpet throughout the house and pour concrete to enlarge the front porch. John Clifton, SCSA director, said, "Thomas, who will hopefully be returning home soon from nursing home rehab will have a new spot to sit, as she was accustomed to doing before her illness."

Ella Johnson, Thomas's daughter, who worked with Somebody Cares volunteers in Hastings during CareFest 2007, contacted SCSA for help in restoring her mother's home prior to her return. "I thank God for the help they gave her," said Johnson. She says Thomas had fallen off the front entrance and now with her front porch extended it will be easier and it is big enough for plenty of seating.



Clifton says another project began after Mitch Heinz, chief sandwich maker and founder of the The Sandwich Mission, contacted SCSA about "one of the ladies to whom they minister and her need for new floors in her mobile home as they were rotten and were literally falling through the floors." Somebody Cares had volunteers who could do the work, but funds were needed to complete the job. "The Sandwich Mission volunteers from Flagler College sprang into action and were able to raise the necessary funds," said Clifton. New floors and carpet were installed in the home. Clifton said after they were finished the homeowner thanked God as she and the volunteers prayed together upon completion of the work.

The third SCSA project was done with the financial support of the Care Connection, an outreach of the Council on Aging. It was completing a bathroom renovation project for 68 year-old polio victim who is paraplegic and only had a garden tub, which he was unable to get into. "Therefore, he was forced to shower outside using the hose," said Clifton. The renovation will give the man a complete handicapped bathroom with a shower he can roll into, the proper seat and grab bars tilted mirrors, etc.

"Somebody Cares St. Augustine is committed to showing the love of Christ to the community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County, through unity in action," said Clifton. He says there are so many needs like the ones above that go unmet every day.

To make a donation to SCSA, call Clifton at 540-5588 or mail it to: Somebody Cares St. Augustine, P.O. Box 840081, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

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