PARADISE, Pa. (WHTM) — Pequea Valley High School freshman Darrell Beiler wants to start a career in construction. That’s why he enjoys what he’s doing in the basement of the Factory Ministries building in Paradise Township.
“We get to do painting and the drywall and put in drop ceiling,” Beiler said. “It’s fun.”
Beiler, a member of a new Pequea Valley program, is one of a dozen students working to build transitional housing in the Factory Ministries building.
The housing is intended to be used for the 50% of students in the Pequea Valley School District who live below the poverty line, 32 of which are homeless.
“It’s pretty cool because they get to live in a house that we built and they can have a roof over their head,” Beiler said.
The housing is seen as progressive because it allows families with older children to stay together. It is capable of holding four families.
“This is a place where they can come in and say they have dignity and say I belong here,” said Adam Nagle, executive director of Factory Ministries.
Factory Ministries will run the housing and it’s expected to open in January.