Recently, William Tierney joined more than a dozen volunteers to re-roof a home for a family in need on Wadmalaw Island. Prior to the experience, William texted his mother, Kate Moore Tierney, stating: “I am excited for this weekend. Going with (cousin) Jack to work on a roof with Uncle Lewie.”
This is not a text you would expect from most college sophomores.
However, William has joined his family in volunteering with Home Works of America for the past nine years — offering compassionate construction to homeowners in need.
In addition to serving homeowners and working alongside other volunteers, William has regularly labored beside his cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings and parents. For the Moore family, Home Works is a joint labor of love. They have individually and collectively repaired dozens of homes in Charleston, Johns Island, Columbia, Augusta, and Greenville — in addition to building homes in Peru.
The Moore family has humbly played a critical role in the mission of Home Works of America.
It was “Uncle Cliff” Moore who first introduced the family to the outreach. In addition to his service as a board member and session coordinator for Peru and Johns Island, his sister Kate Moore Tierney serves as the Greenville session coordinator and past chair of the Upstate advisory board, while brother Lewis Moore is the Charleston session coordinator and will lead an upcoming home-building effort to Haiti in 2017. Jay Tierney, Kate’s husband, also volunteers.
The beauty of the Moore family’s service is that it is familial and intergenerational. The Moore cousins, about 15 of them, are regulars on Home Works’ sites.
Beyond providing home repair, all of the families serve in the background of the Home Works’ mission by cooking for volunteers, and serving as chauffeurs or safety leaders. Simply put, when a family prays and serves together, ‘Moore’ is possible than could be asked or imagined.
The mission of Home Works of America is “to show God’s love through service to others by repairing the homes of homeowners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to care for their own members.”
Since 1996, more than 40,000 volunteers have brought hope to 2,600+ homeowners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. For more information, visit www.homeworksofamerica.org or call 803-781-4536.
Submitted by Jim Powell, executive director of Home Works of America.
Top photo provided: William Tierney and Jack Moore, cousins, put a new roof on a Wadmalaw Island home as volunteers with Home Works of America.