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Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Feb 25-Mar 1, 2019

March 4, 2019

The end of February has come and it is time for a new group of long term and short term volunteers to come to the project in Lake County. This month we enjoyed a few days of sunny weather but we had many days of rain and working in mud.

This week we welcomed a group of eleven young men from the Groffdale Conference in Pennsylvania, two volunteers from Massachusetts and two volunteers from Manitoba. We worked on five homes this week. Albert Soto’s home had three doors installed.  

At Janice Irvin’s home, her outside decks were started and the insulation of the exterior walls was finished. The interior walls were dry walled after the electrical and plumbing was completed. Three concrete slabs were set up and poured.

At Charlotte Ramos’ home cement pads for the porch and steps as well as another pad for the ramp and front porch were poured. The posts for the wheelchair ramp were cemented in followed by the ramp, lower platform and stairs. Work was done on the wheelchair ramp.

Jerad Hotchkiss’ home was insulated and drywall started. The appreciation from Jerad and wife was expressed many times during the work day. At Charlotte Frost’s home the pony wall on her double wide home was started.

The highlight of the week was the sunshine that broke through after many days of rain.  We are saying goodbye to our intern cook Grace from Bluffton College after her two week work placement with us. She added much joy, laughter and excellent meals during her time with us. We wish her well in her studies and future career plans. We would love to have her return someday.

The entire long term team returned home this weekend with many mixed feelings. We wish all of the new volunteers the best as they continue to serve in this community of Lake County. The recent rains have caused flooding of some local rivers so not only fire but also flood damage continues to be a concern for the local residents. We may ask “How do we achieve our goals when the power of nature continually brings humanity to its knees. How will the world ever feel hopeful again?”

The people who are having their homes repaired and built daily thank us for all the work we have done and this will continue to encourage us to be able to do all things in Christ who strengthens us.

Submitted by Don, Ryan, Karen, Willard and Robert