Thursday, December 15, 2011

Care-A-Vanner Habitat for Humanity, Dade City, FL

We are in Dade City, FL for a week-long Habitat for Humanity Build.
We are here with nine other couples and two single ladies.  The area where they parked us is called "Volunteer Camp".  It has full hookups and as you can see, it is a bit crowded.  But we are not here for the amenities or scenery this time.  It is completely adequate.
The work has been great.  Jerry and John and the other leaders keep us moving and explain things and let us do alot.  This has been the biggest Care-A-Vanner groups (20 people) so it takes some planning to keep us productive throughout the day.
Stuart and John laid out the floor and made marks where the walls go.  And others put felt on the roof and put nails in the outside walls.
And we started framing the walls and setting them upright out of the way until we were ready for them. And others put the house wrap up on the outside.  On this house they secure rods the full length of the walls and bolt them into top and bottom for hurricane protection.
 Once the walls were in place, we square it and secure it, then make some more walls.
And we have our breaks-- one at 10:00 for about 20 minutes and another for lunch at 12:00 for about 35 minutes.  Then we wrap it up about 2:00 or 2:30 which is fine with us.  The heat and hard work take their toll.  Then there is that aging thing…we run out of gas about then, so it all works out.
Yesterday, right after lunch about eight of us went over to a warehouse and loaded some pre-made walls onto a trailer for the house next door.  These walls were made by a church in Tampa and sent over to Dade City.  It is impressive that there is such good coordination with other communities and churches in the area.
It has been a good build and we recommend it.  The group here is a hard working bunch and the work has been fun.

Tomorrow is a bonus-- we have a house dedication at 4 PM and will see Dedication Ceremony for a new homeowner and many of the folks in the Habitat Office who made their house possible.  This affiliate is going to finish their 100th home sometime later this summer!

That is all for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for joining us.  Until next time…


  1. excellent day and excellent job!! That is something I think I'd love to do with my time...have a good weekend

  2. Again, I gotta say it...Thank God for People like you !

  3. You must feel very good to be able to give some lucky family a new home for Christmas! Good for you!

  4. Great job, and again, you, Pam and all the others are to be commended for your good deeds.

  5. What a great job. Looks like everyone works together well. It sounds like hard work but well worth it.

    Kevin and Ruth