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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


Today was our final day of going on home repair sites for the 2015 West Virginia summer program. Since it was the last day, we had a lot of little projects to finish up, but we did start (and finish) two sites today. One site was simply putting up two light fixtures for a lady who lives out side of Pineville that we have worked with in the past. Today we were finishing up a project started by the NIU students during their spring break. For the most part the installation went without a hitch. The crew that worked on this then headed back to The Way to put the finishing touches on the handicap bathroom that is now completely installed, other than the shower.

The other new site from the day was a painting and flashing site in Bud. Another group had built two new porch roofs for her, but they were leaking at the end. We were able to put new flashing on and adhere it in a different way that should stop the leaking. While were there we painted her porch railings and roofs while to freshen up the whole place. It looked fantastic when the volunteers left.

We also had a crew go up to Glen Rogers and put the finishing touches on the roof that was installed yesterday and go up the hill and add a little WD40 to the newly installed door. All is working well now. When this group arrived back at The Way the diligently went to work reinstalling the flooring on the stage that had come up over the winter when the accumulated snow on the roof started melting and leaking into the building.

The final group started the day finishing the painting at The Way (all of which looks fantastic!) and spent the afternoon doing the all important end of the summer dump run. I have to say they were all very excited to go to the dump and check out that road. I was glad when they returned they weren't disappointed.

 We had another wonderful dinner tonight, pork, green beans, pasta, salad, rolls, etc. It made sound familiar, we had a similar meal earlier in the week, but they were both wonderful. The cook of these meals had brought so much food that he need to cook twice! Bet you all wish you were here...

We had a wonderfully creative reflection tonight led by the crew from the midwest. They used the idea of cooking and ingredients, and what ingredients it takes to make up a PV volunteer. We each shared an ingredient we thought was important, they were put in a bowl, mixed up and "baked" in the easy bake oven that was stored in one of the rooms. Love seeing the young folk and creativity!

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