New Orleans Mission Trip Report
From May 16-20, DreamBuilders worked for the 7th year in the New Orleans area through the St. Bernard Project. For the first time, we worked on a new house. The homeowner, Mr. Ed Lee, is a World War II veteran who will be 95 in August, and whose father was born a slave in 1860. Mr. Lee, a retired carpenter, built his own home on this property, after completing his naval service. The original house deteriorated over many decades, and it was decided to demolish and build "fresh", taking into account the owner's personal history. During our work on the project, Mr. Lee stopped by twice and “held forth” on the porch, telling stories from his past, and greeting everyone who passed by and stopped to say “hello.” We were spoiled by his daughter preparing daily meals for all those working on the house. The two AmeriCorps house leaders were very dedicated and helpful, something we’ve found to be the case on each house we’ve worked on. The mostly cloudy weather cooperated by keeping the temperatures in the low to mid-eighties. We worked on the final details to complete the house: caulking baseboard and shoe molding and touch up painting. We also painted lattice work to be installed as a “skirt” around the house built on pilings.
Mr. Lee, homeowner, and a St. Bernard Project worker.
For more about the remarkable Mr. Lee, please view coverage of the recent key ceremony at: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/94yearold-world-war-ii-veteran-gets-new-home-in-algiers/39703460
Special thanks to Buck Lyon-Vaiden for writing this article.
A HUGE Thank you from us!
A couple of months ago, DreamBuilders asked its member religious organizations to conduct a special fund raiser to provide “seed money” to a new Fuller Center for Housing Covenant Partnership in Franklin, WV. The specific purpose of the fund raiser was to provide funds to allow this new organization called the Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing (PHFCH) to purchase tools, a significant startup expense. We set the ambitious goal to raise $10,000. We needed the funds prior to June 1st to give PHFCH time to purchase the tools in advance of their first build by DreamBuilders from June 20-25.
When the donations were all tallied, we had received $18,875, far more than we ever dreamed! PHFCH purchased many new tools, including a professional transit to help lay a level and square foundation and many power tools to support the build. Michelle Connor, the Executive Director of PHFCH, wrote, “We are so very humbled by your willingness to host this special fundraiser and by its success... You guys are a genuine Godsend and you are awesome!”
Thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our team of 33 volunteers from June 20-25, there is a new three bedroom home in Pendleton County, WV. The homeowners are Dennis and Milly Eye. Dennis is a retired career Marine who served our country around the world. It was our great pleasure to get to know Dennis and Milly during the week. At the closing ceremony on the last day, both Dennis and Milly broke down in tears as they said there was no way they could ever repay us—their prayers had been answered. Those comments alone were far more than enough to repay us.
And, this is just the beginning. The tools you funded for the Fuller Center will be used to build many new homes. Once again, thank you for all your support. We couldn’t do this without you.
Matzohball 5K Results
The 12th Annual Matzohball 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run was a success! The community run was held on a beautiful Sunday morning in June at Centennial Park. Proceeds benefit DreamBuilders , Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Hope Works and Temple Isaiah. For race results: http://results.charmcityrun.com/content/matzohball-5k-2016-male-0
A warm welcome to all of our volunteers, supporters, and partner organizations,
who help turn dreams into reality through home building.
We honor God by serving together to take care of others and improve lives.