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Victoria County, Tex., Weekly Report, March 12-16, 2018

April 6, 2018

We welcomed 11 young men from the snow of New York and another volunteer and his son from Iowa to the sunny south!  They were quite skilled in construction.  We usually work on four different sites each day and saw lots of progress, especially on our third new build!

We can hear the hammers ringing hope in the neighborhood, that’s for sure!  Lupe and Roxy’s house has gone up quickly.  This week it got the shingles on, the deck built and the rough-in wiring and plumbing started.  The drywalling continues at Ben and Vicky’s, along with smaller repairs that need done here and there.  Our third new build has also quickly changed this week from foundation to four walls and a roof, and the shingles are on!  At Linda and Pats, the decks are being built, exterior trim is being painted and insulation is in the walls.  Rough-in trades are also finished in that house and the drywall is on.

How come our highlights are always about food?!   Probably because it isn’t just the food we enjoy, but the great company and friendship that comes with it!  We enjoy our cooks’ food immensly, but it is special to enjoy the authentic Mexican food from this area that the homeowners bring in for us.  This week was no exception!  Sunday evening we were treated to chicken enchiladas and all the fixin’s from Ben, Vicky and children.  On Tuesday evening Lupe and Roxy and kids brought two kinds of spaghetti and pizza for our evening meal.  The food and fellowship is always enjoyed by short and long term volunteers alike!

Next week there will be a lot of taping and mudding going on at two homes.

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