The Mennonites are here with about 5 men. They have their own trailer and equipment and 'sign up for a 6 or 12 month stint.
Mercedes (in sun glasses -below) recently graduated from the University of Georgia. Two years ago after the tornado hit Tuscaloosa she was drawn to get involved. She drove out here by herself and found a group of people that were taking in volunteers and getting ready for recovery work. She followed up with a second trip with about 20 other volunteers. They were housed in the local Nazarene church. Since then she has made it back to Tuscaloosa each year after school lets out and brings friends with her.
Here is a shot of the group:
This is a great group: Janine, Kelly, Mercedes (first row); Howell, Kari, Justin (second row); Monica, Alex (back row). This group knows how to work and have fun doing it!
And they are polite! I haven't heard as many "Yes Sir", "Yes Ma'am"'s in years.
One day we had a local group from the Capstone Hotel in town. They included folks from HR and the Event Planning office.
Down the street the United Methodist Church (UMC) Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is building a house.
That is all for now -- thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!