HomeWorks Homeless, Needs New Warehouse

Faith-based organization loses hub for tools and equipment

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By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- HomeWorks of America has three weeks before it has to be completely moved out of a massive warehouse it has called home for ten years. Problem is, there is no place to go. The founder says it's a dire situation and he needs your help now.

Desperation in the voice of Hank Chardos is rare. That's because he's usually responsible for bringing peace, hope and smiles to the faces of thousands in need of house repairs. In fact, of the more than two thousand houses that have been fixed up since Homeworks began, 800 have been in Columbia. Currently there is a one and a half year waiting list for more fix-ups locally. Each finished product started at the warehouse.

Now, Chardos, founder of Homeworks, a non-profit organization that repairs at no charge the homes of the elderly with the help of young and adult volunteers, has to be out of its warehouse space that holds all tools and equipment by April 12.

"I don't know what we're gonna do," said Chardos.

Finding a new location, he says, is a clarion call. The organization has to vacate because the building has been sold.

"I'm asking for someone in the community to understand we have no budget but we are interested in allowing the community to get help through someone's generosity, so we can have the ability to move all tools and equipment."

HomeWorks advisory board chair, Sharon Bryant, believes someone in the will answer the call.

"We have a strong faith in God and we know he will provide," said Bryant. "The idea is to for the warehouse and offices to be located in one location. We will take an abandoned building and we can transform that and make it into home base again for Home Works of America."

Moreover, the deadline to vacate, April 12, is the same day HomeWorks is scheduled to begin repairing 20 houses in Columbia. For information on how you can help, call 803-781-4536 or homeworksofamerica.org. The address is P.O. Box 102, Irmo, SC, 29063.

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