LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The United Methodist Army is back in Lufkin this summer. They're braving the heat and working hard to make the homes and lives of many local residents much easier.
The teams of teens are from Kingwood, a suburb of Houston. The UM Army is leaving a lasting impression on Lufkin homes, many of which need improvements to help keep the homeowners safe.
"We are building a wheelchair ramp, and it's going to go straight out and turn for her because she used to have one that just went straight down," said UM Army participant Macayla King.
"The last ramp we built she almost fell off last time, and we don't want that to happen," said Faith Roberts, whose home is being worked on by the UM Army.
Angel Fetzer watched out the window on Monday as the UM Army showed up at her house Monday and started work, and she was inspired.
"The first day we were just watching, and the next day they asked me if I wanted to help, and I said OK.I just started helping, and it turns out I was being a big help," Fetzer said.
Carly King's UM Army experience has come full circle. She spent her high school years working on a team, and now she's leading a team.
"We definitely come out here and put in a lot of hard work," said Carly King, a UM Army team leader.
Carly's team is also building a wheelchair ramp and a porch for Luerena Browne, who has lived in Lufkin for 81 years.
"They're fixing me a porch that I've been needing real bad, and I've got some beautiful patio furniture, so I'm going to come and tell all my neighbors to come and sit on my new porch," Browne said.
Browne says the Army working at her house is a wonderful blessing.
"It means so much to me because they're so sweet," Browne said.
Nearly 100 UM Army mission workers will spend the week working on as many as 30 projects in Lufkin.
"You know it's hot at first, and you're tired, and the heat gets you. But once you pack up and leave, and you see all the work that you have done and the look on the client's face, it doesn't get any better than that," King said.
The UM Army is staying at First United Methodist Church in Lufkin. They have committed to 12 projects but have a goal to complete 30 by the end of the week.