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Ukiah, CA – Weekly Report – Dec 9-13, 2019

December 19, 2019

This week we welcomed fourteen young men from Wisconsin as short term volunteers.  Our two volunteers from Canada were with us again along with a new Project Director who was shadowing our director.  MDS sent us an experienced plumber volunteer so that we could continue with that work. We had a full house of 24 volunteers.

Work continued on Sylver Anderson’s home. Our teams this week were able to finish the electrical wiring, shingles on the roof, roof vents, window trim, side deck, the siding and the rough in plumbing was started.

Monday morning found us out at John O’Neal’s home site where the foundation awaited our framing crew.  In four days, rain included, we were able to finish framing the house, with exterior and interior walls, roof sheathing and roofing felt, and house wrap.  We hoped to have the windows and doors done before the Christmas hiatus, but supply issues kept that from happening.

At Gayle Zepeda’s house the plumbing was corrected and is ready to go.  The HVAC rough in was done and drywall installation with taping and mudding began.  The first coat is completed and awaiting our January crews.

Plumbing was done at Ed Norton’s home and is ready for inspection.  The HVAC rough in was done so we will be able to move to the inside of the house and begin the drywall process. 

Our work this week was hampered by the rainy season in California.  Some of our outside work was done in cold rain, some in deep mud despite spreading lots of straw around our worksites to help with erosion control.  But the rain did not dampen our volunteers’ spirits.  Everyone had a great time working together and getting to know each other better.

Thursday evening we were pleased to have Rose Bell and Patty Bruder as our guests for dinner and conversation.  They always bring good information to our volunteers about how funding is secured, how clients are selected and the process of long term recovery. 

Friday we closed up the unit for the Christmas holidays.  All of the crews and long term volunteers headed home to enjoy Christmas with their families.  Robert and Sally will return in early January to pick up where we left off, with new long term volunteers, and lots of short term volunteers scheduled to help us finish up our four projects by spring. 

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