Today is March 6, 2019 and we are heading to Habitat for Humanity! We began the morning by waking up at 7:30 am and eating the freshest fruit from the fruit market down the street. We began at Habitat for Humanity at 8:00 am and went straight to work. Lance, Carson, and Lauren started helping the framers for the last house for the community while Ellie, Emily, and Carly planted grass around the neighboring houses for a fresher look. As for Jacque and Maris, they began cutting metal strips for the framers.
During those activities, we began bonding with some of the older volunteers working on sight, such as Jeff, who was a resident of Michigan but just moved to Naples, Florida seven months ago. His story began in Ohio, which he immediately bonded with Carson, who’s story also begins with Ohio #Ohiostrong. He explained his past on how he has a Biology degree but started an embroidery company and just sold it three years ago to retire and move down to Florida. Then, it was break!
After break, Mike, the construction major, gave us a “run-down” of what it takes to buy, live, and sell a Habitat for Humanity house. During his speech, John, one of the Habitat Senior Volunteers, took us for a trip around Immokalee where all the different construction sites Habitat for Humanity has built into homes and later a community. Then, after the tour, we went straight back to working where all of us had the Lent Penance of hammering nails into the framing of houses (: HOWEVER, we later found out that the metal pieces we were hammering into the frame were hurricane straps, so the homes can withstand hurricanes or strong storms. During the time we were hammering, the volunteers, Ernesto, Jaime, Luis, Miguel, stopped by and welcomed us into their Habitat for Humanity community with open arms! Jaime told us the story of when he lost his finger nail to a hammer accident just to make us feel all better. Then it was the 3:00 pm – time for us to go.
When we were all getting ready to leave, Jaime offered to take a picture with all of us and asked Ernesto, Luis, and Miguel ( pictured below (: ). IT WAS AMAZING. Oh, btw – we had lunch on Lake Trafford.
Then we went to mass, it was in Spanish and I have never seen so many people at a Catholic mass! We received communion as well as ashes and Megan, Ellie, and Lance stayed behind for the Creole mass because of Megan’s passion for helping those in Haiti. While they were at mass, the rest of us stayed behind and made plantains with cinnamon and sugar on them with ice cream!
HUGE shout out to Brenda and Gio for making this day one of the best!! (: