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

 

Our Council’s Knight Hands Program Garners National Recognition

ur Council’s Knight Hands Service Program received national (and international) recognition this month in a four-page article published in the Knights of Columbus – Columbia Magazine. Early in May of this year Knight Hands program creator/director Allen Reitmeier received notification from Supreme that they would be sending a journalist/photographer team to research and write the…

Knights Help Local Resident

  Every Knight Hand project is unique and special to both those doing the job and those receiving the benefits of the labor of the Knights of Columbus.  And so it was on Thursday December 17th that 7 men of Council #8157 embarked on a singularly unique project for a resident of Duncanville.  Hector Rubio…

Sir Knight Larry Balagna

Knight of the Month – December 2015

Larry Balagna Larry is a tireless contributor to council activities. It seems like we don’t scramble an egg or set up and take down a room without him pitching in. Larry is part of the regular “posse” that makes Allen Reitmeier’s Knight Hands initiative so successful. His dedication was recently on display before, during and…

Busy Month for Knight Hands

October 2015 turned out to be a very busy time for Knight Hands; we completed 11 projects during the month.  Most memorable was replacing a fence at Gabriele Hardin’s home; memorable because while drilling new holes for the fence posts we (actually Allen) ruptured the main gas line.  What with the fire department on scene…

Saint James says…..

In the readings this past Sunday, St. James says it is not enough to hope those who are in need will find help. It is not ecough even to pray they find help. What we must do is step up and help those in need. That spirit was exemplified this past Wednesday September 16th when…

5th Year Anniversary

As we approach the 5th year anniversary of the beginning of Knight Hands, I would like to summarize what has transpired these past five years.  First of all, I would like to thank those who participated in the various projects over the years.  Since our first project, which we completed for James and Judy Smith…