Nazareth Farms a grassroots effort to help those in need
SALEM — For the past 41 years, Nazareth Farms has left a positive mark on the community by making home repairs for low-income families and individuals.
The nonprofit organization is preparing for many more years of service as it provides updates to their property and facilities.
Servicing Ritchie, Doddridge, Harrison, Tyler and Wetzel counties, Nazareth Farms charges no fees for labor.
Clients are offered a zero interest loan to cover the cost of the building materials and the organization works with them on a payment plan that best suits their needs.
“We’re able to do that because the other part of our mission is hosting college kids who provide the labor while living on our property here,” Executive Director Allyson Petry said.
Despite COVID-19, Nazareth Farms is still able to complete needed home repairs.
Students from all around the county come to Nazareth Farms to gain a fulfilling and unique experience.
Cell phones are not allowed during their week-long stay and they are encouraged to socialize with one another, play games and come up with other ways to stay busy.
“They often talk about how much they appreciate being challenged to not having their phone, hearing multi-generational stories and getting to do the work,” Petry said. “(It) really empowers them and gives them a really big sense of pride.”
Because they aren’t hosting any out of state college students, they don’t have as much of an income as they normally would but they still receive support from donors and the community, Petry said.
Within the next year or two, Petry said they are hoping to update some areas of the property which are up to 100-years old.
“(We are) doing some substantial upgrades to be able to be here at least another 40 years, if not more,” she said.
For more information about the organization or to fill out an application for service, information can be found on their website www.nazarethfarm.org or on their Nazareth Farms, Inc. Facebook page.
“We’re always looking for ways to spread our mission,” Petry said.
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