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Victoria County, TX – Weekly Report – Jan 14-18, 2019

January 23, 2019

On Saturday, we welcomed one more long term volunteer, Will, from Virginia.  He had some flight problems, but he made it here by evening! 

All of our weekly volunteers arrived by Sunday evening.  A group of eight girls and their driver travelled all the way from Indiana, and eight young men also arrived from PA.  They were eager and ready to work on Monday morning, even though our nice warm temperatures had left and it was a bit chilly! 

At Maria Maravilla’s home, which is a new build, mudding is going on inside and out! While some volunteers are taping and mudding inside, the volunteers working on the soffit and hardie siding outside are covered with mud that the rains provided!  The front door also got installed.  The exterior is getting painted a lovely blue. 

Volunteers at Dominga Hernandez’ home, which is also a new build, started to put hardie siding up on the exterior and also continued with mudding drywall inside.

A few young men kept busy and warm by digging footers by hand and forming up the foundation walls for Rosa Llanes’ new home.  On Tuesday the footers were poured and by Wednesday everything around it was mud after the rains of the night before!  Blocks were laid on Wednesday. 

Progress is also being made at Raul Ramirez’ house.  Insulation is finished, most windows are installed, the floor was patched and some new walls and the shower were framed inside.  Roof vents were installed and the final window put in on Thursday.  Drywall was hung in the entire house this week.

A new build was started this week for Rebecca Chacon.  On Thursday the foundation was backfilled, and rim boards and floor joists were put on.  On Friday the subfloor was laid, and they will be ready for walls on Monday. 

We enjoyed spending Thursday evening with homeowner Dominga, who is in her 80’s, and her daughter and grandson.  Our volunteers learned their story of leaving the area to get away from the storm, which proved to be quite difficult!  The family returned after the storm to find Dominga’s house damaged and unlivable.  She has been living with her daughter since the storm and is very anxious to get back into her own home. 

We enjoyed an evening of music with the Wiebe family this week, with some of our volunteers also picking up the guitar and joining in the music!

Despite the cool weather and very muddy conditions, our volunteers were happy and positive and got so much accomplished!  Thank you to all of them!

Victoria Co. team – Mike & Linda, Daniel & Pamela and family, Ron & Char, Cole, Raven, Dwight, Jonathan & Will