Project: R.A.K.E.

Ground Zero Ministries
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About Us

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Project R.A.K.E. the home repair outreach of the Ground Zero Youth Ministry in New London, PA.  Project: R.A.K.E. stands for Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.  Our heart as youth pastors is to see teenagers move outside themselves by serving others in their own community.  Specifically, we have involved over 200 young people in free volunteer home repair services to low-income, in-need families, senior citizens & the disabled who live along the Route 1 corridor, Nottingham to Quarryville, Landenberg to Atglen & Kennett Square to Parkesburg.  We provide regular opportunities for teenagers to go beyond themselves and make a difference in their community by helping people live warmer, dryer, safer lives. 

Our work camps typically consist of 60-80 Sr. High & College Age teens working on 12 to 15 crews with trained adults spending a week or a weekend building wheelchair ramps, replacing roofs, remodeling water damaged bathrooms & kitchens, patching drywall, painting, fixing plumbing leaks, replacing inoperative well pumps & pressure tanks and addressing minor electrical & safety issues

Project R.A.K.E. got its start when one member of our youth ministry asked a question.  We used to take our teens on summer mission trips with large organizations, to far away places, at great expense to do home repairs.  Our teens had a great time, but the focus was always on the work.  Sarah Abel, one of our teens with a huge heart for others, asked us why we were driving so far each year when there were families right here in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware who could use the same type of help.  There was a burning bush in our path, and it had our attention; but the vision went beyond the work.  Our focus is reaching teens.  At Project: R.A.K.E., the work is merely a vehicle for relationships, learning and serving.  Our primary focus is helping teens grow, the work is secondary. 

If everyone would perform just one random act of kindness, we could change the world. 

Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting.    
My Ethics, My Codes of Life.     

Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.  According to Webster's dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune.  My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading, and showing mercy for others.  I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.  People will never know how far a little kindness can go. 
Rachel Scott

One of the rewarding parts of working with Project: R.A.K.E. teens & homeowners is seeing the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" style transformations that occur in the homes, but even more in the lives of those involved.  During each work camp event, we see the lives and perspectives of the teenagers transform in a matter of days.  We also witness incredible changes in the attitude & countenance of our homeowners.  The physical improvements which are made to these homes are not the cause of the radical changes we see in our homeowners and the teens.  The repairs are merely the tools we use to open the door to build relationships.  The teenagers bring a renewed hope & joy to the homeowners, and the homeowners have a profound impact the teens.  By helping in-need families & seniors live warmer, dryer & safer lives, Project: R.A.K.E. communicates to these homeowners that they are loved by caring teenagers in their own community. 

Rachel Scott was right... Love can change the world.