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We had five young, energetic men join us this week – two from Lancaster, PA and three from WV. Several of them had previously served with MDS, and they all came with valuable carpentry skills.

One volunteer was a Ukrainian refugee being sponsored by a church in WV. His vocation is in carpentry, so his skills were greatly appreciated out on the job. Since he spoke very little English, we relied on Google translate to communicate with him throughout the week.

Several MDS communications people visited Paradise this week as well. Their group included Caleb Gingerich, the MDS social media coordinator, along with a photographer and a writer. They visited job sites and interviewed both volunteers and homeowners to publicize their stories and to bring attention to the need that still remains in CA.

The crew at Honey Run brought that project as far as they can, finishing the cabinets and trim, windowsills and did some miscellaneous caulking and paint touchup as needed.

The Jewell house had the bathroom vanity installed, the stackable washer/dryer put in, and the microwave hood and stove installed. Many other details were completed, bringing the house very close to completion.

Our other crew began working at a new house on Shaw Circle, where they hung doors, installed flooring, trim and baseboard. They set the kitchen cabinets and completed other finish work.

We look forward to welcoming our largest Summer Youth Program group to Paradise next week.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Beverly Delp, Office Manager, on behalf of the whole Paradise team