“I didn’t know if my oil tank was empty or if there were mechanical problems with my furnace,” he said. “I just knew it was getting cold, and I didn’t have the money to do what was needed to get some heat.”
Josiah had seen Good Works trucks in the mobile home park where he lives from time to time but didn’t know anything about the group. After speaking to a neighbor who had received assistance, he decided to call. After filling out the application for support, Josiah was approved, and because he had no heat, Good Works prioritized its response.
Volunteers repaired the furnace and were able to transfer some surplus heating oil transferred from the tank of a home that Good Works had converted to a more-efficient electric heat pump.
But the story doesn’t end there.
A thorough inspection of Josiah’s home identified more than two dozen repair needs, some that he didn’t even realize were putting him and his home at risk. There was mold inside a closet wall from a pipe that had frozen last winter and created a leak. The old single pane windows caused significant heat loss and had allowed rain water to penetrate the wall, rotting the studs and floor below. Broken electric outlets, along with space heaters, were dangerous to use and created a risk of fire.
Good Works staff and volunteers will repair it all at no cost, thanks to generous donors who provide funding for the building materials and supplies. In the process, Josiah experienced the joy and hope that comes from knowing that, in Chester County, neighbors help neighbors.
“I needed heat, but got so much more,” Josiah said. “My home is safe now. I just can’t believe it. Thank you, Good Works!”
For 30 years, Good Works has been repairing homes and restoring hope throughout Chester County. You can help people like Josiah by donating to the United Way of Chester County’s Share the Warmth initiative.
Share the Warmth provides people in Chester County long-term fixes through major home repairs and short-term solutions for those facing homelessness or inadequate shelter. This work often means that families can stay in their own homes – warm, safe, and dry – and those affected by the elements of winter are protected.
Please make checks payable to United Way of Chester County and send to 495 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 302, Exton, PA 19341, Attn: SHARE THE WARMTH.
Donations can also be made securely online by clicking here.