A Message from the Executive Director
On 19 March 2020, the Governor of Pennsylvania released additional guidance to business owners in light of the evolving COVID-19 crisis. Only “Life-Sustaining” businesses are permitted to continue to operate in the Commonwealth. A detailed matrix defines what can and can’t remain open. Home Repair & Maintenance (page 5) and Social Services are both categories designated as approved to continue operating. These are precisely the two services that Good Works offers to families who are struggling in poverty, now more than ever.
Are there risks when doing this kind of work? Absolutely! But consider this:
- Missionaries and doctors around the world face health risks daily such as Malaria, HIV, Ebola…yet they continue to serve.
- Missionaries in certain countries face the risk of death for telling people about Jesus…yet they continue to evangelize.
- The apostle Paul faced perils of all kinds (see: 2 Corinthians 11:23-28)…yet he continued to minister.
Good Works provides essential services for families that don’t have warm, safe, dry or healthy homes. The media coverage of COVID-19 has created irrational fear for people who already live with the daily anxiety of poverty and the latest government measures, e.g. business closures resulting in job losses, only exacerbates their problems. This disaster has created a unique opportunity and responsibility for people of faith to step out and offer the assistance, comfort and peace that only comes from knowing Jesus. What we do is essential – physically, relationally and spiritually!
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
Serving at Good Works is your choice, whether paid staff or volunteer. If you choose to participate in a Good Works activity, it is prudent that we implement certain precautions to protect ourselves and others:
- If you have flu like symptoms stay home and seek medical attention as required.
- If you have knowingly come into contact with a person infected with the COVID-19 virus, follow step 1 and please let us know.
- Practice good health habits. Use standard biohazard protection protocols including use of personal protective equipment found in the Health & Safety kits. Maintain social distancing to the extent practical.
- Work groups must be less than 10 people.
- Before working at a homeowner’s premises, Good Works office must verify it is OK with the homeowner and that to the best of their knowledge no one in the home is symptomatic.
- Work Plans will focus on outdoor tasks or essential indoor tasks to assist with maintaining social distancing.
Please keep Good Works in your prayers as we lean into this disaster and continue to serve people as Jesus would.
Robert Beggs, Executive Director
For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the Chester County Health Department at: http://www.chesco.org/224/Health
Read about Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's support of non-profit work in light of COVID-19 at: https://whyy.org/articles/philly-foundations-launch-6-5m-covid-19-emergency-fund-for-local-nonprofits/
Governor of Pennsylvania waiver to enable Good Works to continue to provide home repair services during the COVID-19 crisis below:
Welcome to Good Works, Inc.
We are a Christian nonprofit organization which exists to transform lives by repairing homes for low-income families and share the hope found in Jesus Christ. Our services are currently offered to homeowners in central & northern Chester County, PA. Repairs are provided at no cost to the homeowners and volunteers do most of the work.
Our goal is to see the inhabitants of these homes rise above their level of poverty and experience a rich measure of hope, joy and dignity through being cared for and knowing that their circumstances matter to their community and to God. We believe that everyone benefits when people from different races, cultures, and backgrounds join together in a common purpose.
Good Works founder, Jim Ford has chronicled the story of Good Works from its genesis in 1988 until 2014 when he retired as its Director. Bringing Hope Home is Jim's first book and it captures both his personal journey and that of the organization he founded. Jim's story captures how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. All proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to Good Works and its mission of repairing homes and restoring hope.
"Inspiring! This book will be an encouragement to anyone who feels God is calling them to do something they don't feel prepared to do."
For more information and purchase your own copy directly from the publisher today click here.
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