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GATEKEEPERS CELEBRATES 22 YEARS OF HELP AND HOPE

Date(s): 7/7/2013, 7/8/2013, 7/9/2013, 7/10/2013, 7/11/2013, 7/12/2013

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Rocky Mount, NC
GATEKEEPERS CELEBRATES 22 YEARS OF HELP AND HOPE

Rocky Mount, NC
July 7-12, 2013

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Gatekeepers Workcamp, a partnership of local
churches in Rocky Mount, NC, July 7-12, 2013. Gatekeepers provides a hands-on, Christian
mission experience for youth in grades 6-12 in an ecumenical setting in Rocky Mount. Gatekeepers helps youth to become involved in the lives of others, exposes young people to the needs of their communities and provides free home repairs for individuals and families in need.

The youth and adult volunteers make repairs to homes of selected disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners. Common repairs include: exterior and interior painting, roof repairs, repairs to rotten floors and porches, and weatherization. Approximately 175 volunteers from eleven churches will participate in Gatekeepers 2013. This year, Gatekeepers will be working on nine homes throughout the city of Rocky Mount.

Gatekeepers History & Mission Statement

Gatekeepers Workcamp began at Lakeside Baptist Church in 1992 as a missions partnership between a consortium of Rocky Mount churches. This year, 2013, is the twenty-second consecutive year of Gatekeepers mission projects in Rocky Mount. Gatekeepers has grown each year, with approximately 175 participants from eleven area churches participating this year.

Teams of Gatekeepers volunteers have worked in a variety of neighborhoods and on a variety of projects throughout Rocky Mount. Some of the neighborhoods include: the Star-Beal Street area, Clark Street, the Hillsdale community, the "Little Raleigh Community," Little
Easonburg, and the neighborhood around the Bassett School. We have also worked with Meals on Wheels recipients throughout the community, the United Community Ministries shelter, Christian Men’s Fellowship Home, the Lighthouse Home and My Sister’s House. Gatekeepers is committed to improving both the physical and spiritual environment for members of the Rocky Mount community.

Mission: The Mission of Gatekeepers is to provide a hands-on, Christian mission experience for youth in grades 6-12 in an ecumenical setting.

Goals
• to provide hands to work for Christ, ears to listen as Christ, and hearts to be changed by Christ
• to expose young people to the needs of their city and their communities
• to help youth to become involved in the lives of others (especially those different from
themselves)
• to provide free home repairs for individuals and families in need

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Edwards, Gatekeepers Work camp Coordinator
252-446-0126 (W), edwardselizabeth@embarqmail.com

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