Wake Forest students to spend winter break helping rebuild community
December 11, 2008
Wake Forest University students and staff are preparing to spend their winter break helping rebuild a neighborhood in Smyrna, Tenn. The students will leave Jan. 4 and return Jan. 10.
Nine students with the Baptist Student Union and the university’s associate chaplain, Becky Hartzog, will travel to the Wherry Housing Community in Smyrna, Tenn., where they will assist with home repair and renovation, including a newly-renovated residence for a homeless widow, a retirement home for several missionaries arriving from Jamaica and a dormitory where volunteers stay while working at Wherry. The community is a Christian mission program of Community Servants Inc., which has worked since 1994 to revitalize the neglected community by building or renovating more than 150 housing units, cleaning up the neighborhood, making housing available to many homeless families, and providing adult education classes and programs to help individuals overcome destructive lifestyles.
Hartzog said this will be the first trip back to Smyrna since the Baptist Student Union members spent their spring break there in 2005. After Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005, the group spent spring and winter breaks helping rebuild homes for families in a devastated town in Mississippi.