November 11, 2023
Crisfield, MD – Nov. 5-11, 2023
Long-term volunteers continuing from last week were Tim & Michelle Gerber, serving as our head and assistant cooks, Gordon Baergen and David King serving as our crew leaders, Don & Rachel Horst, serving as our project director and office manager. Our weekly volunteers included two from NY, six men from the Mowersville BIC church in Newburg, PA and one additional fellow from Collegeville, PA. The total number on our team this week came to fifteen.
Work continued at the Welch house, fine tuning details such as touchup painting, laying vapor barrier in the crawl space and cleaning. Kaye’s final inspection was completed on Friday. At the Beachy house, vapor barrier was laid in the crawl space, touchup painting, cleaning, backing for handrails and grab bars installed. Most of our time was spent on the Bradley house, hanging siding, building the side porch, deck, railings, and ramp. The well was also dug at the Bradley house. Later part of the week, volunteers worked on the ramp at the Shallcross house.
Highlights of the week included having Kay Welch join us for our Wednesday evening meal and sharing about her journey through numerous flooding experiences. Thursday, we toured the full-size replica of one of the five “naos” that left Spain in 1519 to circumnavigate the world. Our tour gave us a glimpse into life onboard the sailing ship and a deepened appreciation for how large the Somers Cove Marina is here at Crisfield.
Next week we will continue with building the ramp at the Shallcross house and preparations for the elevation of the Morgan house.
When our very capable team began digging holes for the ramp posts, they soon found buried bricks and concrete. This discovery added a challenge to the task, but they tackled it full heartedly. Among this week’s team was a father and his son. It is always great to see volunteers pass the vision of service on to the next generation. Well done everyone!
Rachel for the Crisfield team