World Changers working to improve substandard housing in Birmingham

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371771157&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4106024&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371771157 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — For the 23rd summer, World Changers are working to improve substandard housing across the country.

More than 16,000 students from around the United States are traveling to various cities, including to Birmingham, to improve the housing situation of many residents.

Among the group are 34 students from Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida.

Teresa Henley is one of the people the World Changers already had an impact on, working on her house all week. The students even fixed her roof and provided other much-needed repairs.

“It’s a good thing, and we thank God for them coming out to help us out in our neighborhood.” – (Teresa Henley)

But the students have much more on their agenda than just putting their physical labor into the project.

“We’re not here to put a roof on a house, we’re not here to paint, or put a porch on, the main reason that we’re here is to spread the word of Christ, evangelize the people, and just get his name out.” – (Chris Reid)

Spreading the Word of God is one of their main goals while getting the work on the houses done.

The students set their focus on adding a deeper meaning to their work, and that since many years.

Since 1990, the project has had more than 300,000 participants trying to make a positive impact on other people.

“Our young people, there’s some good in them; it’s how we approach one another, because we are all God’s children.” – (Chris Reid)

Beatrice Bode contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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