Also Alabama has been a busy crew. On Tuesday it was already hot and humid as the bus pulled up to the Habitat site. Our day started off with a brief introduction to Habitat with the volunteer coordinator Ariel. She explained to us that they don’t give away homes for free and that the potential homeowners had to pay a down payment of sweat equity before construction would begin on their own future home. Sweat equity means that they have to work off part of their own house payment in volunteer hours. After they work a certain number of hours Habitat would begin work on their home. Then our site supervisor, John, sent a group to paint a house across the street with Marcy and showed the rest of us what we’d be doing with the house. Some got up on the roof to finish it and the rest of us stayed down to finish nailing the plywood to the studs. The second day at Habitat, we went to a new site. We were greeted by an empty concrete slab and bundles of lumber. By the end of the day, we almost had all the walls and framework up! It was exciting to see how much we could accomplish in one day! On our third day, because of rain (… and we mean rain!) we were disappointed that we could not go back to that site and finish what we had begun. Instead we moved to a 3rd site where we did tiling and painting. When the weather cleared up a crew went on to the roof to wrap it in waterproofing rolls of material.
Each of the 3 days so far, a group stays back to work at Ransom Ministries. At these locations we help to serve the noon meal and to visit with the patrons. Ransom Café’s are ‘a pay what you can restaurant’. We also worked at the Clean Machine. This Ransom Ministry provides opportunity for the clients to shower and do their laundry. Ransom Ministries focuses on relationships with the clients.
The three ‘r’s in Ransom Ministries are restore, rehabilitate and redirect.
Tomorrow is our last day in Mobile. The week has flown by! We are all going back to the house we framed on day 2. We will spend our last day volunteering together. We will be finishing our Also week with a wrap up session with Matt from Ransom Ministries. He is an awesome guy who has done some amazing things and we look forward to his words of wisdom.
We will then load the bus to head home! See you Soon!
- Emily, Jackson and Chris