Group B arrived onsite eager to begin their final week of work. The cadets were sent to three different sites today.
The first crew was led by Dr. Valla, they traveled just down the street from the Domestic Global Village to the Habitat Restore. A Restore is a thrift shop that is operated by the Habitat For Humanity. They resell soft goods and home goods to the public at a discounted price. All the profits made in the store are put right back into Habitat projects. At the Eustis Restore, Doc and the cadets preformed general upkeep on the building. Their work consisted mainly of painting. Tomorrow another group of cadets will return to the store to continue the preservation of the aging storefront.
The other two teams of cadets returned to the original construction sites.
On Site 1, the entire crew was tasked with siding the house. Most of the house was sided today, but a few mistakes were made. Tomorrow the crew will work out the kinks and fix all errors, to build the very best home for the incoming family. As one longtime Habitat volunteer is fond of saying: “Habitat may not get it right the first time, but we get it right the last time.”
Site 2 was a little busier today than usual. The cadets not only continued the siding, nearly finishing it, but the cadets also worked on the home next door. Next to our new construction is the house of an elderly woman. The home is in need of some repairs. Today our cadets replaced all the windows in her home. Tomorrow they will trim the new windows and also begin to paint the exterior of the home.
The cadets continued to show excellent effort onsite, we hope that this motivation will only grow as we get closer to departure.
Tonight 1/C Gill is teaching the group about Mass Casualty Incidents, diving deep into a case study of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Following class the cadets will enjoy free time and rest up for another full day of work tomorrow.