Students from all over the country trade in a week of their summer vacation for 7-days of intense labor.
More than two-hundred and fifty campers arrived in Roanoke Sunday morning to be a part of Catholic HEART Workcamp.
CHWC is about service, connection and loving others.
CHWC provides parish youth groups, teens and adult leaders service opportunities to restore homes and hearts, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, bring joy to the elderly and disabled and offer assistance while partnering with social agencies.
Each work camp is equipped with a summer staff, director, manager, musician, nurse and priests to celebrate mass/confession.
It is a youth friendly Christ centered week of caring for others.
Catholic HEART Workcamp faithfully and enthusiastically serves the Roman Catholic.
The program encourages teenagers to make a difference in a community not their own.
Students came from different states including Ohio, Nebraska and New Jersey.
Camp Director Kelly Naas says their days will be spent working at various places painting, fixing cracks in the floors and landscaping. "When they go home it's not just a story to tell. They've literally walked into a community, a life, and a home of someone they didn't know and they'll go home and that person that they left behind will never forget what they've done for them," explained Naas.
The students will sleep at Roanoke Catholic for one week.
All will head back to their homes on Saturday morning.