Disaster agency gives back in own back yard

WTHI Photo / Eric Stidman
WTHI Photo / Eric Stidman

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – In the midst of finals week, students at one Southern Indiana University are giving back.

It’s an effort to help clean up the town where they get their education.

“Well it’s getting our spirits back up and wanting to go on with everyone.”

Tony Black said a health condition and shortage of cash keeps him from finishing his home. It has sat without siding for seven years.

Something this Vincennes man says is heavy on his head and heart.

“My definition of disaster is when that is which is normal has been disrupted,” said Scott Shipman.

Shipman is the director for Helping His Hands Disaster Relief, a Vincennes based not-for profit aimed at giving back.

And they are now in the business of getting Black’s home fixed up.

“This right here is a prime example of a disaster locally that, there’s no fire, there’s no flood, there’s no tornado, but this family needs this done, because if this doesn’t get done it’s going to be worse, it’s going to be all ruined,” Shipman explained.

Helping His Hands has a strong conviction for connecting with VU students. That’s what’s landed these kids helping during their finals week.

“Some of the OSB needs replaced and all the house wrap needs replaced,” stated Aaron Smith, Vincennes University student.

Smith is helping put the project in motion, one hammer wrap at a time for one reason only.

“If you can help others, and they can help you, you know, I don’t know I just get a good feeling out of it and I enjoy it.”

So, while these VU students take a break from the books it’s Tony Black who will walk away calling this a learning experience.

“It’s grateful, it’s really good that the kids is doing it, and you know, appreciate it, 100%”

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