"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light." Norman B. Rice
The first work day of a new week...today we had 5 home repair sites and one combo site. For the combo site, a group went down to meet a food truck to transport items to the Itmann Food Bank. After driving the food and unloading it in Mullens, the group went back to Pineville to go to meet another truck at St. Vincent DePaul and unload it. This truck was packed tight with furniture and other household items for distribution throughout the county.
On the home repair front, we sent groups back to the ramp and back to the drywalling site behind the ramp. We also start three sites, all in the Hanover area. On group spent their day building porch roof for the woman whose house we worked on all last summer. This past winter when it snow, she had snow accumulate in front of the door, making it impossible for her to open her door. With a porch roof this problem should be eliminated.
We sent another small group next door to work on putting in a bathroom into a small camper trailer that this gentleman calls home. We are taking out the small toilet and sink that are in there and replacing them with regular sized items as well as putting in a small shower so he doesn't have to go to his brothers house to shower.
The final group was working up the road ripping out carpets for a lady who has been out of her house for a year since the flood of last spring. Even though the water did not get into her house, it got up and under her house and saturated her carpets which in turn grew mold. The group pulled up all the carpets and scrubbed the floor with bleach to remove any remaining mold.
After a tough day of work we were all looking forward to dinner. Tonight we were treated to shepherds pie, corn, beans and salad. It was delicious and filling.
Reflection tonight centered on home. We do home repair, but what does that structure of home represent to us. It was a very thought provoking reflection.