Today for Go Week our 7th-grade kiddos had the opportunity to pack boxes of food for our friends at Community First! Village. We gave our students a “shopping list” and a recipe to follow to make sure that each box had the correct ingredients. We then wrote letters of encouragement and made bracelets with words of encouragement to help uplift our friends at the Village. It was an amazing project that allowed our students to learn about homelessness and hunger in our area. After our service, we were treated to Mighty Fine! Burgers and Kona Ice by one of our families. Thank you for an amazing GoWeek!
The last days at Community First saw the team finish picnic tables and a driveway for a shed. The team split up in two groups and worked very hard to finish both projects before the end of the week. The entire property is so clean, planned out, and full of creative landscaping and yard art. When you drive up to the property you can feel a sense of pride in the physical space around you but also a ‘sanctuary’ for everyone there. We loved driving up each day and knowing we would be serving such a special place not just in Austin, but in the country.
There are nearly 50 acres of land at Community First Village which allows for plenty of space for picnic tables! Today we are restoring about 10 tables, sanding, staining, painting and even replacing boards. Fortunately we have power sanders to work with but unfortunately they are very loud! Throughout the day we have been able to meet a few other residents of Community First as well as Charles, one of the employees who spoke at our Hyde Park chapel last year. Our day was cut a little short because Will accidentally cut his hand and needed stitches! Praying Will can be healed and get back to work with us on Wednesday.
Today was a half-day at Community First Village filled with a constant light rain the entire day. We met our guide for the week, Will, who is a resident of Community First and credits Alan Graham, the founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes for “saving his life”. Will is 5 years sober from a heroin addiction and now has a sustainable job working at Community First and pays all his bills for his home on the property. It was very interesting hearing his story and how God used the Graham family, and others, to take care of Will and get him to where he is today. We look forward to working with him this week.
Today was a bit more of a challenging day. We started out by planning under the pavilion as Travis started sanding work with Will by the tables. As this happened, Charles split us up into a larger group that would be moving materials and furniture from one shipping container to elsewhere. We worked on moving all the boxes into the largest shipping container as Dr Coy and Dr Creasy neatly packed the boxes into the shipping container in the most organized way possible. We stopped for lunch; where we enjoyed some of Mrs Jordan’s delectable brownies and examines our sunburns. After lunch, we worked on moving furniture from the shipping boxes and were able to wrap it up from there.
Today was a good early start as we had breakfast and John gave the devotional. We headed to work and quickly learned how to use the sanders to smoothen down the tables. Our guide, Will made a clear demonstration and we all seemed to catch on pretty fast. The group split up at some point later on in the afternoon and we went down with Charles to get some tools in which we would use later. We later went down to the RVs to wash them down with soap, then spray with the water gun. As we worked, we kept ourselves entertained by stomping over Ant Hills and spraying them with the hose. Today was a very productive day and we enjoyed learning new things.
Today was more of a relaxed day. We got to community first at 9 AM while it was raining, and Dr Coy took us to Don’s BBQ as breakfast during the rain delay. We started out work by meeting up with Daniel and Will by the pavilion and sanding out tables as Mrs Jordan would paint them with the wood-stainers. Later on, we would be split into groups, Dr Coys working on washing down the RV’s while Dr Creasy’s group was sanding down and staining the picnic table . During the middle of the day, we had lunch under the pavilion and enjoyed some good sun rays during a particularly sunny day. Afterwards, we continued our work as the tables were sanded to almost smoothness perfection;as the RV’s were also washed thoroughly as Daniel politely asked the residents if we could wash their RV. Overall, Wednesday was a more relaxed day, yet we were able to accomplish a good amount of work whilst also putting in a good effort. Good job, Boys.