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Appalachia 2017 – Day 6

June 29, 2017

As the calendar changed from Wednesday to Thursday, the Notre Dame crews were renewed and ready to hit the worksites again. After our day off yesterday, the students and chaperones were ready to pick up where they left off on Tuesday and get as much done before our final day tomorrow. With the sun shining, it was the warmest day of the week thus far, but that didn’t stop the groups from getting great work accomplished. 

Albeit a bit smaller than earlier in the week, a group hit Fish Pond Lake bright and early for a walk or run. Returning to camp, everyone received their assignments which were pretty similar to Tuesday. 

The group which had been working here on the HOMES property drove about 20 minutes to a home which needed some TLC. Working in the crawl space under the house installing insulation and outside demo-ing an old shed, the group worked hard amd will return tomorrow to pick up where they left off. 

For me, it was an interesting drop off for this group (as I shuttled them to and from the site) since their house was two doors down from a house we helped build on one our first trips to Neon way back in 2003. It’s good to see the house still standing. Here’s a picture of the house today:

The second group continued their exterior painting project and worked until they ran out of paint. They are making awesome progress and did a fantastic job with their interior painting. 

The third group continued their deck and ramp building project. The ramp will allow a resident’s grandson who is in a wheelchair to have easier access to the house. 

The four group continued their rehab project – painting the exterior of the house and working on trim work around the windows. Power tools were used – always adding extra fun to the work day. 

The final group continued their porch building project – making further progress towards completion. 

The evening featured a stir fry dinner, mass, and the third annual Appalachia talent show. 

Tomorrow the groups head out for their final work day and look to complete as much work as possible before our final reflection and packing up of the vans. 

Until tomorrow …


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