Today was Group B’s first day in the field. Upon arrival at Site 1 in Lake Panasoffkee, the cadets were greeted by Volunteer Coordinator Carlos and Site Supervisor Travis. The two gentlemen briefed the cadets on site safety and the Habitat’s mission once again.
Group B also had the wonderful opportunity to meet the future homeowner of house number one. She enlightened the cadets on her current less-than-fortunate situation and thanked them for helping to improve her life in the near future.
After the brief words, the cadets were divided into two groups, some stayed at Site 1 and others ventured down the road to Site 2.
Group B started off a little slow, but quickly got the hang of the construction sites. Under the direction of the Habitat staff, Massachusetts Maritime Academy faculty, and rates, the cadets picked up right where Group A left off.
Both Sites were able to fully sheet the roofs and begin the siding of the homes. The windows and doors are in on Site 1 and Site 2 is only missing the doors. The two sites truly look to be turning into homes. Things are truly coming together.
The Site Supervisors are looking to finish all external work, before moving to the interior.
In the morning, 1/C Gill took a group of five cadets to a site just down the street from the Domestic Global Village. There the cadets framed the first wall of the home. The wall was then ceremonially raised by the staff of the First National Bank of Mount Dora. The bank is funding the project and are set to participate in the work on the home.
These cadets and Mr. Gill then returned to Site 1 for regular construction duties. Tomorrow the cadets will keep pushing forward on the siding and other small tasks around the sites.
This evening the cadets are receiving a briefing on the FBI and their investigations from Dr. Valla. Following the class the cadets will enjoy some free time before heading to bed after a long day of work.