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Youth help renovate house for women in need

By KBell
Oct. 2, 2010 at 5:02 a.m.

Ben Garza, left, teases Reagan Moreno, 15, about the way that he hammers nails as they two work with Lifepoint Fellowship Church to build an addition onto the Restoration House Ministries house. Youth Pastor Cody McDonald encouraged his students to help with the building of the house. "This weekend the students are talking about how the love of Christ is supposed to compel them to help others," he said about his youth group's involvement in the project on Saturday.

The sound of construction rattled through narrow downtown streets - but it wasn't the city's construction this time.

It was a group of kids dedicating a Saturday to hammering away for a good cause.

LifePointe Fellowship gathered about 40 kids and 15 adults to help renovate a little yellow house that has made huge renovations in the lives of women and their families.

Founded by Theresa Klacman in 2008, Restoration House Ministries has been offering up the house, cooking lessons, parenting classes and various other restoration programs to women struggling with addictions, teen pregnancies and other problems.

"Everything's faith-based," said Klacman, who attributes her own transformation to God.

Having struggled with 26 years of depression after a childhood of molestation and abuse, Klacman "cried out to God." A year of committing to her faith later, Klacman said she was freed from her depression and wanted to share that healing with others.

Hence, Restoration House Ministries.

The house now holds three women, but for the past year, Klacman has been working on gathering up support to expand the project.

"I said, 'Lord, we have a lot of people cheering us on, but it'd sure be nice to have someone roll up their sleeves and help,'" Klacman said.

When she saw Pastor Matt Sceiba from LifePointe digging for foundation installation outside her kitchen, she said she knew God answered her prayer literally.

Sceiba said the church chose the expansion project - which will add two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and office - for the church's annual "Life Share Weekend."

"We were really impressed with Theresa and her heart and desire to help women and families move beyond the brokenness that has held them back for so long," Sceiba said.

The youth from LifePointe installed the add-on's foundation, flooring and walls as part of a weekend-long event focused on being transformed and bringing transformation, Sceiba said.

Landry Rose, 17, said he jumped at the chance to spend his Saturday helping contribute to such an important mission.

"I was really stoked about getting out and serving," Rose said. "Instead of thinking of something maybe I wanted to do, I was thinking about others."

Rose said he appreciate's LifePointe's focus on being a Christ-like servant.

"It's something I want to do on a regular basis - come out here and serve," he said.

Chances are, Rose will have more opportunities to help Restoration House Ministries.

Klacman said she's not sure how or when the rest of the addition will be completed, but she's not worried about it.

"It's just like when we started here. We're just stepping out on faith," she said.



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