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Victoria County, Bloomington, Tex., Weekly Report, July 16-20, 2018

July 26, 2018

This week we had 10 youth and 5 adult sponsors from Vincent Mennonite Church in Spring City, PA.  Ryan from Indiana joined us as Construction Supervisor. We said farewell to Micha & Jan, who were 1-year volunteers from Germany. We wish them well as they prepare to return to Germany after their service here in the United States with MDS.

The back stairs and hand railing were completed at Ernie & Zenaida’s. On the interior of the home, mudding and sanding were completed; the walls and ceiling were painted with primer. Ernie and Zenaida had friends and family over for a paint party and finished painting the walls in their home over the weekend. Ernest’s home was dry walled this week. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez in Bloomington, TX was re-roofed.

Victor and Laura’s home is one of the recent new-builds that we have started.  Joists and flooring were completed this week and we plan to put up the walls and roof next week. The roofing was completed at John & Carol White’s home and the attic vents were installed.  We also started installing the windows and doors. The flooring is mostly completed at the Castellanos’ home.  Preparations for installation of vanities, sinks and final plumbing are being made.

Lupe, Roxy, Alyssa & Sammy joined us for dinner on Wednesday night.  They shared their experience of riding out Hurricane Harvey with Lupe’s parents at a local church.  This family moved into a temporary site after the hurricane destroyed their home and very shortly afterwards, that temporary home caught on fire.  They were left with only the clothes on their back and their vehicles.  One of the highlights of the week was meeting with the engineer to plan the insertion of the septic tank at their property.  Once the septic tank is in, this family will be able to move into their new home.

With 2 weeks remaining before we shut down for the summer, we are pressing to get several roofs repaired for this community; as well as getting roofs, doors and windows onto the most recent new-builds that were started.