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Fort Myers, FL – Weekly Report – Mar 11-15, 2019

March 26, 2019

This week the volunteers travelled together from Penn Yan, New York and Pennsylvania.  These people are serious birders and instead of instructions to leave your cell phones behind from the job site, we switched it to leave your binoculars at home.  But we were just teasing! They took their binoculars along and at break times they even drove down to Lake Trafford to enjoy what they love to do. 

 A group of five from Valley View Mennonite church in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania also joined us.

Marco Tissen the Year-long Volunteer from Germany has joined the crew until May 4th

This week we had hard workers, what a blessing they were.  We continued working on roofing the Martinez house, wrapping the house and installing windows and doors.

Trim has been painted and our work is done at the Coe house. The house was cleaned and is ready to move into but the client has to wait for Electrical trim, HVAC, driveway, landscaping and then occupancy.

The Rivera house needed lots of mudding and sanding. Priming and painting has begun and some rooms are ready for the second coat.

The ramp was built for Yolanda and Isabelle Contreras. Isabelle is wheelchair bound.  They joined us for dinner on Wednesday night to tell their story of homelessness and now finally having a home. Hurricane Irma did not make it easier for them. They usually drove by every day to see the progress on the ramp. John was touched by their story and the love Yolanda has for her sister. He prayed with them and asked God to bless their new home and the accessibility Isabelle will have.

Also joining us for supper were four guests of Rollie’s:  Mel and Edna Shetler and Tom and Mollie Bontrager.  Mel commented; “Great to see the spiritual side of MDS”.

A wonderful lunch meal was provided for the team on Friday by the Immokalee case workers.

Our wonderful cook, Lois Wenger, will be leaving us on Saturday. She introduced us to Mennonite cocktail (fruit slushy)!  We will miss her great sense of humor.  She surprised us all when the home crew visited the job sites and she lifted those bales of shingles to the next person, Warren, who was on the scaffolding.  What a strong gal! Thanks to:  Mahlon and Eleanor Hurst, Warren & Mary Jane Martin, Miriam Weaver, Emma Newswanger, Marian Sensenig,  Arlene Sauder, Lydiann Zimmerman, Esther Sauder, Bill Hochstetler, Don & Christy Esh, Emma Keeler and Ron Hennigh.

From March LTV’s:  Rollie Ulrich, Ginny & Chuck Gibson, Bill & Marie Giesbrecht, John & Linda Sawatzky, Henry Schellenberg, Marco Tissen