As you will see, we had a lot of people who liked to take pictures this week. Plenty to choose from to highlight the great work of the volunteers during the week!
PVs working in the St. Vincent dePaul Warehouse
A PV and his young apprentice, the home owner’s great grandson
Ceilings aren’t always fun, but these volunteers certainly make it look fun
At distribution day at the Itmann Food Bank
Measuring how tall a volunteer is…or how tall the set of steps will be
Father and son work side by side installing new steps
The steps came right along
Notice the dog overseeing all the action
Meanwhile in the front of the house volunteers held up the wall…
… or maybe they were replacing the siding
The almost finished product!
No this isn’t an optical illusion, the steps didn’t shrink. This is another set up steps the volunteers built the same week
Working together under the tarp
A young PV attaching the decking
And back under the tarp to cut more deck boards
Two longtime friends from Florida and New York reuniting the volunteer in West Virginia.
The morning lumber store run is often a lot of work. Poor lil’ blue had a load this particular morning
The volunteer’s talents don’t end with home repair, we have quite the musical bunch
What is the saying, measure twice, cut once? This PV has it under control!
There are two ways to complete the task…
This time the supervisor is a kitten named Dagwood
You can’t beat this view for working
Relaxing on the almost finished steps with one of the home owners
Look at this beautiful ramp rounding into form!
A volunteer and the other home owner watching the volunteers carefully
The master builder of the project
Just hanging out, chatting with the homeowner after a long day’s work
The second week brought a lot of rain and a lot of flexibility on the part of the volunteers. Volunteers dodged raindrops, sometimes more successfully than others, and managed to do a lot of great work while enjoying themselves along the way.
A visit to “Foxy Lady” and her daughter always brings smiles.
You are never too young to pitch in and help keep the community run smoothly
It seemed rather appropriate that it was raining when it was time to take the group picture
Yes there is person behind all that drywall dust!
A family that paints together….
This project involved replacing one door and three windows, so lots to do
Our kitty friends seem to find all the comfortable and most in the way spots possible!
Remember when I said tried to dodge raindrops? Oops!
Now that we have wrapped things up from the summer program, we have a chance to upload more pictures from our summer in West Virginia. We will begin today with pictures from the first week.
Volunteers organizing at the St. Vincent DePaul Warehouse
Who knew that roofing would need some lumberjack skills?
Teamwork at its best!
We take our ladder spotting very seriously : )
It is not all work, volunteers always find time to shoot some pool
A young PV learns how to build a ramp from one of our more experienced PVs
This finished project!
A grandfather and grandson volunteer side by side
Volunteers suiting up for a dirty job
At the end of the week, it is tradition to take a group picture
Volunteers always make time to visit “Foxy Lady”
Our youngest PV of the summer hard at work!
Thank you for choosing to come and spend part of your summer with us and the people of Wyoming County, West Virginia. Because of your presence lives were changed. Besides all the work your did in the county, you helped us pack up and move all of our tools and supplies back to St. Vincent DePaul and spent time cleaning The Way. THANK YOU!!!
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
It is hard to believe that our 19th summer in Wyoming County, West Virginia is coming to a close tomorrow. We have met so many beautiful people these last few weeks that we will hold close to our hearts.
Today the volunteers spent the day helping to pack up and move all the PV program items. It is a big job, but with so many people lending a hand, it really makes the job go by so much faster. By lunch time everything was packed up, driven to St. Vincent DePaul and stored away, not to mention that The Way was given a thorough cleaning. We can’t thank the volunteers enough for all their help. We used to do all the packing, moving and cleaning after the volunteers left and it was so much work!
Besides the moving though, volunteers went visiting and went to Glen Rogers Manor to play Banana Bingo and to hang out with the residents. It was a nice way to cap off the summer.
We had our closing prayer service in the early evening and then as a group decided to go out for dinner and celebrate another successful summer.
Thank you to The Way for giving us shelter and for all the people in Wyoming County who opened their doors and their hearts to us. Until we meet again…..
“I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health. I said, ‘There’s nothing that I can do for you that you can’t do for yourself.’ He said, ‘Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that that would help.’ So I sat with him a while then I asked him how he felt. He said, ‘I think I’m cured.'”
Today was the last home repair day of the the PV West Virginia Summer program, always a bittersweet day. Since it was the last day, we wrapped up the two sites that we have been working on this past week. The site in Cabin Creek now has a finished ramp and the roof was fixed in the back. The home owners were thrilled, but probably not as thrilled as the volunteers who were able to spend time with each day.
The site in Oceana also wrapped up. The porch looks beautiful and the roof should keep the family safe and dry. Today the volunteers did a fantastic job hanging the gutter and putting the EPDM roofing surface on the new roof. Everything is all ready for the new arrival on Monday.
We also had a crew who helped to bring donated items for back to school from the St. Vincent DePaul warehouse to the Itmann Food Bank for distribution next month. There was so much that they had to make several van trips.
The final site of the day was the Council on Aging/St. Vincent DePaul combo site. A lot of great visiting was done at COA and many hands made for lighter work at SVDP.
Dinner tonight was a fantastic mix of spaghetti and meatballs and lots of leftovers in various combinations. It was a great and satisfying meal after a long day.
For reflection tonight we reflected on the artwork on the wall in The Way depicting Jesus and Peter. Volunteers shared stories from both West Virginia and from home about instances when they were Jesus and when they were Peter.
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
Robert F. Kennedy
We continue to work on the two home repair sites we have been working on this week. The site in Cabin Creek is oh so close to finishing. Tomorrow is the day! The same can be said about the site in Oceana. The whole structure of the porch, including the railings and roof is complete, now we just need to put on the roofing materials to keep everything dry.
For the third site, we had a group of PVs go down to St. Vincent DePaul and power-wash the outside of the building. The building has white sidings and sits not far off a busy road, so the building could use a good scrub down. Complicating matters previously was a broken water pipe, but earlier in the summer another group of PVs fixed that. The building looked great when it was finished.
Breakfast was on the menu for dinner tonight. Pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, french toast, taylor ham (brought from New Jersey), scrambled eggs and orange juice. Scrumptious!
Reflection tonight was on how the PV experience has affected us emotionally and how that has changed us. Once again it was led by the younger PVs and we were all in awe.
Thank you for choosing “to be a part of it!” Many wonderful memories were made and many people’s lives were changed because of you! Until we meet again…
“The chemist who can extract from his heart’s elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.”
The weather has definitely been drier this week, but with that it has been much warmer and humid. The dry weather has definitely helped with progressing on sites. Work continues up in Cabin Creek on the ramp. It always seems like the last few pieces take the longest to finish up!
Work also continued in Oceana building the porch and porch roof. Tomorrow we will pretty much be ready for the construction of the roof and then the installation of the rubber. The home owners seem pleased with the work.
As with Tuesday’s past, volunteers went next door to the council on aging for some visiting time, and today they got to play bingo as well. Is sounds like it was a fun time for volunteers and the participants. After grabbing a quick lunch, the volunteers went to St. Vincent DePaul to help with sorting clothes and organizing furniture.
Tonight was Taco Tuesday!!! Dinner was a delicious Mexican feast with all the fixings. We had dessert after dinner that was an ice cream bar, again with all the fixings. Yum, yum!
Tonight for reflection we spent time reflecting on sharing how we have changed since becoming a PV. It is always great to hear how the program has impacted each volunteer.
“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
Leo C. Rosten
A new week and new adventures! We started off the week with two home repair sites with a lot of work needing to be done, so lots of volunteers at each site. We continued with the site in Cabin Creek that we have been working on the past couple of weeks. Most of the deck boards were installed, so it is almost complete. The young PVs did a fantastic job screwing all the boards down. Only railings and a small roof project to go!
Today we also started working on a porch in Oceana for a young family expecting their next child in a week. Talk about a deadline! Great progress was made today removing the old porch, starting to frame out the new porch, digging holes for the footings and getting everything moving for the week. Here too all the young PVs were kept busy with their various tasks. All in all it was a great beginning to the week.
Because there was so much good food made last week and there seemed to be an abundance of it, tonight we decided to have leftovers for dinner. Kind of a neat way to connect last week’s volunteers with this week’s volunteers.
Also a little unusual for the PVs, because of the late arrival of incoming volunteers over the weekend, we weren’t able to do commissioning before sending the volunteers out on jobsites. So, tonight we had our commissioning. Trust me, it won’t undo all the great work that was done today! At the end of commissioning we went around and shared a “New and a Good” for the day.