Rotating Teams

Friday, November 9, 2018

For those who are not familiar with NOMADS Disaster Rebuild (DR) projects, they are also known as Rotating Teams Projects (RTPs). The total project is usually scheduled for 12 to 13 weeks, but NOMADS sign up for one week at a time. Some NOMADS might sign up for one week and others might sign up for the whole project. We just completed our third week here and will be here next week then leave for a week and come back to stay till the end of the project on December 13th. Yesterday Mike and Lee rotated out. Today Jo rotated out and Gene and Mary Ann rotated in. We are always sad to see new and old friends leave but always happy to see friends come in.

Since both of us have been suffering from upper respiratory illness for a few days, dear sweet Susan brought us chicken noodle soup for supper. It was the best chicken noodle soup we have ever had.

End of Week 3

Thursday (NOMADS Friday) November 8, 2018

At Jim and Mary’s house work continued on the bathroom and the shower was delivered today so we can finish laying out the new floor and walls.Shower and surround were delivered today

At Jackie’s The window trim was finished and the kitchen cabinets installed. The trim crew then started the crown molding while painting continued.

Mike and Lee left to drive home right after work and Jo plans to leave tomorrow morning. We hope to see them again soon.

Team dinner at Pier 41
Team dinner at Pier 41

Making a Lot of Progress

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The day started off foggy but by mid-morning was bright and sunny.

Today Max, Bruce, Mike and Lee went to Jim and Mary’s house to start the bathroom rebuild. Of course, the rebuild started with demolition and that took all day.

At Jackie’s two rooms were finished, the master bedroom closet and bathroom were painted and made ready for trim.  Kitchen cabinet installation began.

A lot of progress was made today.

Another House

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Rainy eveningToday was a rather warm, high of 82, and mostly cloudy day. We had a little sun and it didn’t rain while we were working. However, it poured down just as we got back to Fred. We are supposed to start a cooling trend now. It’s going to be a slow drop in temperatures but the low a week from Wednesday is 31. That’s a little cooler than we want. However, the forecast will have many changes before that gets here.

Jo brought us devotion today and shared with us a devotion based on hurricane hangers. She wrote a poem with hurricane hangers reminding us of our walk with Jesus and how he holds on to us. It was an awesome poem. Thanks so much Jo. We then discussed our day yesterday, and plans for today. We had a good safety discussion reminding everyone how one mis-step or fall can change our lives forever. Be careful everyone.

We got the team started at Jackie’s house and then we drove out in the country, about 23 miles to our next house needing work. It was a nice drive with a lot of interesting yard decorations, peacocks, roosters, tractors. We met the very nice homeowners, Jim and Mary, and toured the mobile home with Jeff. We will be doing several things here but the largest job is rebuilding a bathroom. Everything will be removed and rebuilt. We will tear down to the floor joist and then bring it back to life. We will start demolition tomorrow. Should be a good rebuild.

The remainder of the day was spent with everyone working on various items. There was baseboard installed in a bedroom and window trim as well. Crown was painted. Caulking was done. The master bath got it’s first coat of paint. The master closet ceiling got a coat of ceiling paint and the walls are ready for a coat of paint. Doors were taken down and the ends painted as well. It was a busy day. Things are starting to look good but there is still much to do.

Oh, we promised you yesterday that we would show you the finished threshold at Cheryl’s. Max and Bruce went back there this afternoon to retrieve all the leftover building supplies and tools and took a picture.

BDM roofers
The Brethren Disaster Ministry roofing team was there again today and almost finished the roof.