Knight Hands

Helping those in need in our community.

T he mission of Knight Hands is to assist those in the Holy Spirit parish area live a more peaceful and stress free life by providing minor home repairs, household chores, and transportation services to those who qualify. Only Knights of Columbus of this council can refer a needy person to the director of Knight Hands. If you know someone who could use a helping hand with home repairs or household chores, get in touch with Allen Reitmeier – he’ll handle all the details. Thus far since the inception of Knight Hands in September of 2010, Knight Hands has completed 225 projects ranging from 280 man/hours to 2 man/hours.

All the jobs were important to the receiver and were most appreciated by all. The roster of Knight Hands is quite small and we are constantly looking for more Knights who are willing to give of their time and talents to help needy persons in our parish area. If you can and would like to become a Knight Hand just e-mail Allen.

The experience of helping others locally is powerful – just ask Bob Lamb, Ken Rarick, Ed O’ Brien, David Dybala, or Allen Reitmeier who are regular Knight Hands. Charity begins at home and what better way to demonstrate that than by helping those in need in our community.

Allen Reitmeier

Knight Hands Director

Allen started the Knight Hands service program to assist anyone in need in the Holy Spirit Parish area who is in need of minor repairs and small projects around the house. As of February 2015 Allen and his crew have completed one hundred projects since its start on May 25, 2010. Some of the jobs he and his crew have completed are: fixing roof tops, fence repair, painting walls and ceilings, bathrooms, installing lights, mowing lawns, installing and fixing doors and windows, trimming driveways, cabinetry in the Sacristy, built twelve cloth hangers, wheel chair ramp, has built two wonderful games for the Fall Festival and has even paid bills for some of the needy. Allen is also the Baseball Concessions Director, the biggest fund raising operation for our council. Allen somehow makes time to pick up meals on wheels from the Senior Center in Duncanville and delivers them to twenty two regulars, every Monday. He is a member of our Degree Team. Allen has been married to his lovely wife Linda for forty four years and has four grown children, Sarah, Paul, Leanne and Sherry who each have two children of their own.


 

The Latest Projects

 

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An Angel in the Garage

Many months ago, Mrs. Rosaura Nunez accidentally rammed her garage door with her car smashing the garage door to smithereens and damaging her car as well.  After many attempts to repair the door by well-intentioned people over a long period of time her garage door was still inoperative.  Mrs. Nunez is a single mom whose…

Knight Hands active in Duncanville

  What a beautiful fall day it was on November 17th, 2018 as 8 Knight Hands gathered at the home of Bill Sheets located in Duncanville.  Our mission this day was to trim trees and cut down many small trees and branches in the side and back yard of Bill Sheet’s home.  Hector Rubio was…

Knight Hands Unpack Tables

What a nice turnout on Wednesday afternoon at the Community Center as Knight Hands unpacked 49 new round tables for the church.  This should have happened on Tuesday; but circumstances with the trucking company caused the one day delay.  No issue for Mike Fitzgerald, John Balasa, Jack Ramsden, Lou Lemon or myself as we made…

Knights of Columbus and P.I.P.

For the past two years Council 8157 has participated in the Property Improvement Program (P.I.P).  P.I.P is sponsored by the Neighborhood Vitality Commission of the City of Duncanville and the First United Methodist Church of Duncanville.  Each spring and fall residents of Duncanville are invited to submit applications to the Neighborhood Vitality Commission in which…

Knight Hands Rock

Nel Mancenido wondered how Knight Hands could possibly remove all the rotted lumber from his gazebo deck and replace the rotted portions with new treated 2” X 6”’s in such a short period of time.  Here’s how we did it.  David Dybala had surveyed the damaged deck beforehand and determined the necessary materials to complete…

PIP Days and Knight Hands Replace Fence

Our Council’s commitment to helping our community was evident during the City of Duncanville’s PIP Days program on Saturday May 5th, 2018. The project assigned to our Knight Hands team consisted of replacing a dilapidated six feet high wooden fence for a neighbor in need. The fence which enclosed the backyard on two sides spanned…