Grand Forks, BC – Weekly Report – July 8-12, 2019

July 16, 2019

This week we welcomed volunteers from across Canada. Five weekly volunteers came from Winnipeg MB, High River AB, and Chilliwack BC, and we have new leadership volunteers from Niagara on the Lake, ON and Dawson Creek, BC. The first week of July we also said hello to our new Project Director from Medstead, SK and two more leadership volunteers from Lethbridge, AB, and Alliston, ON.

A lot of progress has been made on many of the projects. At the Redding house, volunteers worked on insulation all week long, but are now hoping to start on the drywall next week!

Odds and ends have been the focus of the Walter house, as the flooring was finished last week. Many small jobs such as painting and work on the window sills, baseboards, trim, and doors are wrapping up this project quite nicely.

The Grundel house is also coming together very nicely! The flooring was finished, and all of the cabinets and a few doors have been painted and installed. The trim and baseboards are nearly done, and one volunteer has been hard at work completing the bathroom tiling     .

Demolition work was started on the Yates house, drywall was put up in the Tough house, and more mudding was done in the McClelland house.

On Tuesday evening we had Radek and Geordie Grundel join us for supper, and they graciously shared their story with us. It was a very eye-opening moment, and even more so when our volunteer from High River shared her own story of her house flooding a number of years ago. We feel very blessed to be able to both laugh and cry together – to share moments of joy in the midst of hardship, and to be able to empathize with one another in times of grief.

On Wednesday, we were invited to the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ for some lovely homemade Doukhobor borscht. Their generosity is greatly appreciated, their company was delightful, and the food was delicious.

Finally, we are continuously amazed at the community around us, and everyone’s eagerness to give back in whatever way they can. And of course, we are very thankful for the many amazing volunteers who make this work possible.


Ike, Ernie, Eileen, Ralf, Justin, Bethany, Sam, Abby, Sharon, Deniece, Cole, and Jon