Sea City Work Camp, a faith-based program that allows local high school students to renovate homes of low-income families in Corpus Christi, will be getting underway this week.
Over 200 teenage workers and volunteers will be taking part in the two-week program, with June 6-11 being designated as workdays in Portland. During June 13-18, the workers will be based out of Grace United Methodist Church in Calallen.
This year's program will involve 14 homes being renovated by the volunteers, said camp director Kathy Rios.
"For this year's project, we have a waiting list of people who want to get in (and help)," she said. "It touches us like nothing else can - it's (community) service."
The program, Rios said, allows teens the opportunity to give back to their community while also helping to better themselves as individuals.
"All kinds of barriers are knocked down, whether they be social or racial," she said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for kids to do some volunteering with some hard work. But they seem to like it because they come back year after year."
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame will address the group at Grace United Methodist Church on June 16, beginning at 6 p.m.