Greencastle ministry offers home repairs for elderly, disabled

Bill Hutson

Bill Hutson is a truck driver by trade, but his passion is helping others with his hands.

"It's the best feeling in the world," said Hutson. "It absolutely is. There's no better thing in the world to do than to help somebody that truly needs it."

Ten years ago, Bill and his wife Pam realized there was a huge need for minor home repair work for the elderly and disabled. They created the non-profit group called Table Talk Ministries.

"Our main focus was the elderly because they seemed to get overlooked in our society, and it is so hard to have to choose between food or medicine. A lot of them were on dialysis and couldn't even get to hospital because they didn't have a wheelchair ramp," said Pam Hutson.

From wheelchair ramps to new roofs, Bill does it all for free, all over the state.

In one case, Bill repaired a toilet that was falling through the floor. The 85-year-old man who was nearly blind didn't realize how bad the situation was and couldn't afford the $2,000 to repair it.

Mary Webster was Bill's first client.

"He blessed me so much," said Webster.

She was supporting her mother, and had no way to pay to repair dangerous, rotting floors in her home.

"I just didn't have any other option, just me and her lived by ourselves, no money. Just barely paid the bills and the rent and got groceries," said Webster. "I probably would have been kicked out of house because I couldn't afford to have gotten that kind of help."

Bill says most jobs average about $2,700. Table Talk is funded solely by donations.

"I'm not rich. I'm not wealthy, but I don't need anything. All my bills are paid so whatever money I have left I put in to Table Talk," Bill explained.

"He'll say, 'I've got a roof to repair, how much do we have?' And I'll say, 'How much do you need?' And we work it out and when we get the money saved up we get the job done," said Pam.

The job right now is restoring an old home in Manhattan, Indiana, which will be the first office base for Table Talk.

"I wanted to preserve it because it was used in the underground railroad. So the house was built for helping people, and now at the end of its life it's going to be used again for helping people," said Bill.

Right now, Bill is so busy with the demand, all jobs are on a two-month waiting list. On one of his busiest days, he received 80 calls in one day for help.

You can still contact Table Talk Ministries if you have a project you think might qualify.