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Kettering College Teams With Church Staff and Local Youth to Renovate a Dayton Home

By Brandon Kennison
Photos by Colin Gatland

Kettering College of Medical Arts (KCMA) in Dayton, Ohio, recently sponsored a local youth community service project. The three-day service experience, called The Renewal Project, teamed middle school, high school, and college students from the Dayton and Columbus areas with staff from KCMA, the Ohio Conference, and local churches.

The Renewal Project’s beneficiaries were brother and sister Thurman and Anita Chastain. Originally from Tennessee, Thurman and Anita have lived in their Dayton home for 56 years. Thurman, 91, is an accomplished HAM radio operator and handyman. Until a few years ago, he was the primary caretaker for the home. After becoming ill, however, Thurman has been unable to handle yard work and upkeep on the garage.

The Renewal team was able to provide the Chastains with a freshly painted garage; attractive, low-maintenance landscaping; a new lift chair for Anita; and a modern bathroom with features that will enable them to live independently. Both Thurman and Anita believe this project will improve their lives and their community.