In 1989, workcamp originated with 17 students and their adult sponsors heading out for a week-long mission trip to do home repairs for low-income/disabled families in Bolivar, Tennessee. After a couple of years the team decided that there were many under-resourced families right here in the Northeast who could benefit from the type of work they did.
Beginning in 1995, camp began inviting churches nationwide to join in. A youth group from Illinois expressed interest in joining our students. It was during this time, because of the increased number of youth and the need for more residents’ homes, we began working closely with Community Action Programs.
Current Directors Ken and Marcia Therrien have been providing oversight to workcampNE since 2003. Ken had spent the previous four years as a crew leader prior to assuming his current role as Executive Director. A volunteer staff of approximately 20 people help in the “off season” by lending a hand at various custom day/week events held throughout the year.
The year 2006 saw us expand to two weeks enabling campers to work on 45 different housing sites through the efforts of 350 individuals.
In 2007, workcampNE incorporated as a 501(c)(3); a federally recognized non-profit.
2010 was a year of growth for workcampNE. A third week of camp was added to open things up for Jr. High School students. At this time, Marc Therrien came on board as wcNE’s Programming Director and his wife, Jessica, as our Sr. Administrator. Marc’s seniority surpasses all as he began his workcampNE career back in 1998 as a middle school student camper! Marc has since moved into the role of Director, while Jess has moved into the role of full-time-mom to their three children.
In 2013, Jack and Tammy Hageman answered God's call and moved from Illinois out to New Hampshire. Jack is a retired state trooper and has generously, and obediently decided to volunteer full time for the ministry. He serves now as our Building Arts Director, or "BAD" for short – overseeing worksites for camp. Tammy lends her talents to back office work and to doing whatever is necessary for the smooth running of five weeks of actual camp.
While history is important, workcampNE prefers to look to the future! With God’s leading we’re looking forward to more weeks of camp per summer, more residents helped, more students impacted for His name and a richer history being developed.