SAWs still searching for individuals to help

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Nancy McVay is one of eight people who have benefited from the kindness of the Greencastle Presbyterian SAWs mission with a new wheelchair ramp.

GREENCASTLE -- The good work of the Greencastle Presbyterian Servants at Work (SAWs) program has continued, with six ramps built for needy people in recent months. The volunteers will build their ninth ramp overall this week.

The most recent ramp to be worked on is being completed at the request and with the support of the Indiana Granny Ride as part of its cancer cure support programs.

The GPC SAWs program is going strong and hopes to build even more ramps next year.

"We've built nine this year, and I met with our pastor Wes Kendall on Tuesday and I said, 'I thought 10 next year would be a good objective,' and he said, 'I think we ought to try to build 20,'" said John Anderson of SAWs.

Anderson said the funding will be there, but the challenge is finding the needy people.

"We will be receiving a grant from the Putnam County Foundation and have received some generous donations from some other organizations," said John Anderson of SAWs. "Our big problem now is identifying needy candidates for our ramps. I cannot believe that there are only nine needy candidates in all of Putnam County."

The SAWs mission is growing across the state. It is a cooperative program with Second Presbyterian Church and St. Luke Methodist Church, both of Indianapolis. There are also SAWs Mission programs springing up in Johnson County, Lake County and Martinsville.

"The more I talk about our mission the more interest it seems to get for those who hear about it," Anderson said.

There are 918,000 disabled people in the State of Indiana, and 187,000 of those are known to live below the poverty level. These people are the targets of the SAWs programs across the state.

The challenge is in finding those people all around the state, but especially right her in Putnam County, Anderson said.

"We want people who need help to talk to us," Anderson said. "We want people to know we're there to help."

Those who would like to learn more about SAWs or who have the name of someone in need who could use their help may call 653-5713 or e-mail

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  • what a nice story...the paper should have stories like this...rather than the sensationalism of earlier this week.

    -- Posted by justducky on Sat, Nov 13, 2010, at 9:00 AM
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