MISSION SERVE PROGRAM
The City had a long-standing partnership with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, World Changers. However, World Changers has shifted its focus to serve larger communities and is doing two-week programs - Casper no longer fits the needs of World Changers' program objectives. This summer Casper welcomes Mission Serve to our community! The program is essentially the same as World changers in that Mission Serve will provide the volunteer labor, young people from Southern Baptist churches throughout the country, and the City will provide the materials to rehabilitate low income homes.
Mission Serve will be in Casper for one week, during the later part of June or first part of July of each year. This year Mission Serve will be in town July 13-20, 2013. They pay their own way to Casper and sleep and eat at a local school. All labor is a volunteer effort.
Mission Serve can replace roofs, windows, exterior doors, storm windows, and storm doors. In addition, they will paint the exterior of the house, repair fences, clean-up yards, and build ramps for persons who need accessibility to their home due to physical impairment.
The City uses Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for materials. The program, which is done as a grant for the homeowner, is a one-time opportunity.
Usually the City receives about 40 applications for the program. About 5-10 housing units are rehabilitated in the one week period. Applications are taken during the month of January. Interested homeowners must call the Housing and Community Development Division to set up an appointment to complete the application.