The Petersville United Methodist Men have been in and out of Henryville, Ind. From March 14 through the summer, they assisted many families help rebuilt or repair their homes, heavily damaged by the March 2 tornado which tore through the small town in southern Indiana.
Their biggest project was at the Mattingly home across the street from the Henryville High School. The house received very little damage but the garage and attached beauty shop were totally destroyed.
The Petersville men built a new breezeway and then added the garage and beauty shop. The Indiana Conference Disaster Response Team gave the Henryville UMC a $5,000 grant to help with the rebuild.
The beautician, Cari Mattingly, had been renting space for her business, so it was a happy day when she finally was able to move into her brand new beauty shop. The Petersville men also felt proud and blessed to have helped make that happen.
Don Jackson coordinated all the work trips with the help of Don Partlow, a member of the Henryville UMC and retired shop teacher and professional builder.
Petersville men drove more than 6,000 miles and spent 1,141 hours on work sites during the 23 weeks they were involved in working in the tornado-stricken area. About 25 men were a part of the work teams during those weeks.
The Indiana Conference Disaster Response Team granted $5,000 to this project, part of funds received from Hoosier United Methodists.
The United Methodist Men of Petersville UMC built a new breezeway, garage and beauty shop for Cari Mattingly, owner of the property in Henryville, Ind.