OKC 2014 Day 4 Recap
We had a new site but same leader and team, and more injuries.
Habitat is building over 200 homes in an area called Hope Crossing. Apparently the 59 acres of land were donated.
When we drove into the neighborhood, we were taken aback at the quality of the homes and neighborhood. So much space and well maintained, lived-in homes.
We consider it as our Connor's Garden (North) (Connor's Garden was a HFH building development in Mississippi)
It was nice that so many homes had so many variations, and development of news were interspersed with existing homes.
Jose and TrussesJose was our lead again, and today was all about the trusses.
We started in the morning with Paul giving us a devotional on how all our efforts have lasting impact, sometimes on those we don't know and will never be made aware.
The trusses are the structure and support for the roof. We've done this before, and it's been a few years since we've done roofwork, but Jose had a very efficient system for executing raising the roof.
It was a busy time for the entire team, Habitat and Americorps alike, but we finished all of them in the one day. That's moving a good clip, and this was not a simple roof.
One more mishap of the day, Paul, our professional construction guy, injured himself, and it humbled all of us. He's doing okay, but Roy isn't the only one that injured his hand while working; apparently pros can do it too.
We talked about how we need to be more careful, especially as we get tired.
The team is pretty beat today. Hard work. Jeff was up and down the ladder so much and worked the roofline a lot.
Nhi NhiA young Vietnamese girl came into the site. not wearing a hard hat, not Americorps. I actually thought she was a friend of someone on the team and came to visit. Turns out she is the partner family. Sweet and efficient, she was at work on the caulking cheerfully. Pam and Millie took to her immediately. She's only a few hours away from completing her sweat equity hours, required by partner families. She'll fulfill them this weekend.
The Ants!Part of the Americorps/Evergreen team went to another house to lay some sod/grass.
Unfortunately, the sod had been sitting on a practically-completed house site for a while, and fire ants got into them. Fire ant bites later, people were anywhere from discomforted to plain old in-pain.
Touch-upRoy and Millie worked on clean up and touch up painting on a home that's moments away from handing over the keys. Fortunately, they were inside a home, and didn't suffer the mild sunburn that some other members of the team experienced
A quick run for half the team to Walmart and we called it a night.
Last points of interest:
- Tyler, a HFH staffer, spoke about how started with short term missions trips, and eventually ended up working full time building homes for people in need. He considers it a ministry (as do we), and how driving up and down the streets of this neighborhood has so many good memories of the builds, the volunteers and the homeowners. He said in some way, when he enters the neighborhood, it's like church.
- Peter and Craig chose to do their laundry tonight. When putting their wash into the unfamiliar machine, they set what appeared to be the appropriate settings and then pushed the on button. It spun around but didn't add any water. After a few minutes of second-guessing themselves, they were relieved when the water turned on. Fish out of water....