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Teens work together to repair homes across Wake County

Posted July 11, 2014

— A group of 36 teens spread across Wake County Friday to repair nearly a dozen homes as part of the Highland Service Project.

The Highland Service Project started in 1984 by Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

Emily Grace, 17, and a handful of teens installed safer handrails for an elderly couple living in Garner.

"I am not a construction expect, but I can hammer a nail," Grace said.

But Grace said she and the other teens are not participating in the project for the hammer and nails.

"I like to help people," she said. "I love the feeling I get when I get to help somebody and spread the word of God and God's love."

Team leader Tony Burt was part of the project as a youth and decided to return this summer as a team leader.

"It is the internal work being done, not so much the construction," he said.

In the past 30 years, the service has worked on about 400 homes across Wake County.



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