Ukiah, CA – Weekly Report – Dec 2-6, 2019

December 11, 2019

This week we welcomed our new cook and assistant cook, along with a short term volunteer from Vermont and one from New York.  Our two volunteers from Canada were with us again this week so we had a very active and busy group of weekly volunteers.

On Ed Norton’s home we completed the two porches and did drywall backing.  The electrical prep was nearly completed with all of the grounds, vent fans and recessed lights wired.   

At Gayle Zepeda’s home the electrical work was finished.  The crawl space was insulated and soffit vents were put in.

Work at Sylver Anderson’s home continued with building the porches, putting in windows and starting the siding, electrical work was started.  Facia and doors were installed.  Shingles were delivered, but were left at the bottom of the work site because the rain created too much mud for the shingles to be delivered to the roof as has been done on our other homes.  Next week, we will be toting shingles before we can roof.

Thursday evening we were delighted to have Ed Norton come and share his story of the fire.  For our clients and this small community of Redwood Valley, the lose of life, friends and dwellings is still a very emotional experience.  Giving these survivors a home is such a good feeling as an MDS volunteer.  It’s why we do what God has called us to do.  We also had Megan Barber Allende and Eric Crawford from the Mendocino Recovery committee join us for supper.  They gave an overview of how the recovery committee went about raising money and administering the funds for the victims of the fire.  Eric also shared with us about the vocational program at the high school that he oversees.  Ed Norton’s neighbors, Brie and her husband, also joined us for the evening meal.  It was a very interesting evening with three different perspectives and fire stories. 

We continue to have rain in Ukiah and Redwood Valley. The rainy season is upon us.  We are hopeful the rain holds off a little next week when we will begin framing our fourth house.  We will have a large group this next week with a total of 24 volunteers.  We are looking forward to being able to spread them out on our four homes.  We also welcomed Jim Landis who has come from Pennsylvania to help us specifically with plumbing.  Yeah Jim!!!

Robert Prinse finished his term of service this week and has returned to Canada.

Blessings from Ukiah:  David King, Jason Brake, Lois Wenger, Erma Wenger, Sally & Robert Unrau