Wednesday, April 23, 2008

He can be Googled

Meet Mr Douglas. The outside of his small home survived the storm -- not the inside!

If you click on the photo you can see that his home is cement block and therefore still standing.

It has been gutted and is ready for the electric, which Douglas will do as he is an electrician at the shipyard. We hope to be able to come in behind him and take the home to completion.

It looks like that won't start until July with a team coming from Florida. That might seem like a long time from now but when people have waited as long as Douglas has -- a few more months isn't anything! It would be nice to get it done before then but . . .

Douglas is also one of the fortunate ones; since the home is still standing and he wants to rebuild it, he won't have to have it raised. If he chose to demo this one and build a new one it would have to be "high and lifted up" due to the new flood zones. Just one of the many things that have to be taken into consideration when we go into these homes to see what we can do to help.

We had a break from home visits today so it's been used to catch up on a couple of things. The main thing I could work on was the photo album I am creating for Ms Ollie. She missed seeing all of the activities of the building week so when people stop her and talk about seeing this or that she has no idea what they are talking about. Trying to take the many photos I took and tell the entire story is no easy task. So many faces, so many people working so hard and yet having such a great time -- not easy to relay in photos but I'm working on it. She is so anxious to see them and hopefully I can get it done in the next couple of days.

Tomorrow we are back to home visits and Friday has even more. Many of the shipyard workers are off on Fridays so its the time to get to as many as possible. Please pray for us as we enter not only the homes but the lives of the people who are still hurting.

Oh yes -- wondering about the title of todays blog . . . if you Google Monty's name you can see he is a link to the article on the Speed Build!! We are all out there in this big ole' world in some form or another! :)

Until next time . . . Susan and Monty

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