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Victoria County, TX – Weekly Report – Feb 4-8, 2019

February 13, 2019

This week a van load of 14 men arrived from Wisconsin and two women arrived from Iowa.  We also gained a crew leader who will be here for the month of February.  Wes arrived over the weekend with his wife and family from Manitoba, and we are glad to have them join our team here!  Unfortunately, their week did not consist of very nice weather, but the volunteers worked diligently through some muddy and wet conditions! 

Drywall is up at Rebecca Chacon’s house, the mudding is ready for the final coat, and the hardie siding is finished.

At Rosa Llanes’ home, the subfloor and headers were done on Monday and interior and exterior walls and porch beams were built the rest of the week.  These volunteers really had to struggle through the mud to get this work done!

Maria Maravilla’s house is so close to being finished!  They are so anxious to move in!  Trim was finished and we are waiting for the town to hook up the water.  Then we will have a final cleanup and they can move back into a safe, comfortable home!

Dominga Hernandez’ house is also making a lot of progress.  Floors were sanded and flooring was laid.  Volunteers are working on the ramp; the skirting is finished and painting has begun on the skirting.  Kitchen cabinets were installed by the end of the week, ready for the countertop.

Mudding and taping was completed by several of our volunteers this week at Raul Ramirez’ house.

Roger and Bev Claassen arrived on Tuesday.  Wednesday found Roger demolishing a house in Placedo, followed by the house next door.  The materials were taken away and the lots prepared for two new builds.  The forms are set and the footers dug for Clayton Pilzner.

Food continues to be gifted to us by this community – from oranges and grapefruit to homemade salsa, pork sausage, cake, and on Thursday, a quarter of a fresh wild hog!!  That was a new one for us!  Were the cooks ever surprised when the guys brought that in and opened up the cooler!!   Lupe and Roxy will help us with the cooking of that one!

Thursday evening we were joined for our evening meal by Clayton and Sharon Pilzner, and their talkative 7 year old granddaughter!  She provided some of us with great supper conversation!  Clay and Sharon’s home was the one demolished on Tuesday.  In the meantime, they are living in a small camper trailer and are eagerly awaiting their new home!

We are so thankful for wonderful volunteers each week, who take on any task with a good attitude and much energy!

Victoria Co. Team – Daniel & Pamela and family, Ron & Char, Cole, Raven, Jonathan, Will, Wes, Ashley & family, Mike & Linda