CTCYM-Camp Hope

Reinforcements are on the way…

Stats

Here are a few “stats” of our week at Camp Hope:

Our 8 work teams took on a total of 13 different projects, including a complete roof job, drywalling an entire house, exterior painting of three houses, replacing siding on two houses, replacing one bedroom ceiling, repairing and painting one living room ceiling and walls, building a 24 ft. wheelchair ramp, and replacing, repairing and/or installing 6 doors and two windows. Not a bad week.

Around the Camp Hope center itself, teams dropped in and helped to pour concrete pads around the warehouse door and by well pump, created an enclosure to conceal the external hot water units, and framed up a room inside their warehouse for storage.

Our teams covered a lot more ground than usual, doing work in three different counties, traveling as far as 45 miles to the north and 22 miles to the south. Some teams lost as much as six hours worktime during the week compared to our normal 5-10 minute travel times. Despite this, we did some significant work and achieved some significant accomplishments.

We had our share of casualties during the week that kept us shuttling people to the local clinics in Ocean Springs for things like poison ivy, strep throat, and a stomach virus. On the jobsites themselves, I believe we had a perfect safety record for the week, as no accidents have been reported. Linda, our center director had the only accident on the trip, stubbing her little toe on a box of supplies. At the end of the week, the teams chipped in and bought her a pair of steel-toed boots signed by everyone at the center.

In all, it was a very good week that few of us will ever forget. We worshipped on the beach, swam the local watering hole, told stories of our experience around a campfire, and created new friendships that could last a lifetime.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Day 5

Day 5 pictures:

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June 19, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

The Sonic Monkey

Team 1 worked on a jobsite in Moss Point all week and endured one of the biggest challenges of the week. It wasn’t necessarily the work, which was challenging itself — replacing doors and replacing windows which included creating a new window frame from scratch. But their challenge involved the situation of the family they served. During the week, the son of their client, Rasheen “Shunny” Williams, age 28, went into cardiac arrest and passed away. Rasheen had suffered many years with multiple sclerosis, and was bed-ridden under the care of Bridgett, his caregiver.

At the time Rasheen went into arrest, the team was out on a run to get materials. When they returned, part of the family had left for the hospital and they spoke with other family members about what they could do, suggesting that they simply pull off the job and let another team come in the next week to finish. The family however, insisted they return and carry on, which to me, speaks to the bond they had made in only a short period of time. The team returned and worked on finishing as much as they could, without disrupting the grieving family.

One afternoon, to lighten things up, they took a break to go to a nearby Sonic for drinks. Pulling up beside them at Sonic was a car driven by a man with a monkey. I believe the picture speaks for itself as to how it helped lighten the team’s mood…

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June 19, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Day 4

Because it takes a bit of time to upload and resize the pictures to the blogsite, it has also taken a bit of time to update with new pictures. Also, toward the end of the week, we did not get pictures off everyone’s cameras. If you still have digital pictures that you would like to upload to the site or can burn to a CD and get to us, please leave me a comment and we can work out getting them on a post.

On Day 4, three of our teams finished their jobs and were ready to start new ones for the last day. Worship that night was held at the beach on the remains of a popular fishing pier that has not yet been rebuilt. Along the street across from the beach were empty lots and new construction where all houses had been destroyed by Katrina. Across the bay to Biloxi, they are still working on rebuilding the bridge. One note: all the beach sand where we worshipped had to be trucked in after the storm, as the original beach had been washed out completely.

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June 19, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Day3…

No, you’re not caught in some odd time-warp. On Wednesday, for some reason,  the blogsite’s server would not allow me to upload photos. Thursday, I just gave out and went to bed early (11:30), and Friday was just too hectic with closing out the week and packing for the early departure on Saturday.

So, here we are, as of last Wednesday.

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June 18, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Day 2

With everyone on sites, the work continues…

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June 13, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Day 1

Day 1 on a CTCYM Mission Trip is generally chaotic. First, every team is still getting to know each other. They have now learned what their jobs are. Next they must start the process of determining the tools they need, figure out how to find their site, meet their client and see just what has to be done. Invariably, when you get to the site, you realize exactly which tools and materials you need but don’t have.  The worksite coordinators are always somewhere else, either getting your materials or helping someone else at the moment.

 By mid-day however, you have a pretty good idea of just what has to be done, and what can be done before those missing tools and materials arrive. In the fellowship hall at Vancleave UMC there is a sign on one of the walls that says the following:  Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Within our group, we seem to be blessed with the “flexible”.

 Here are some pictures of Day 1:

June 11, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Sunday night

Everyone arrived safely and began to act as one living center.

June 11, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

Another illustration from the CTCYM Worksite Coordinator manual…

Always have a partner hold the ladder(s)…

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May 24, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment

What not to do…

I received this Powerpoint from a friend. I think we should incorporate into the training materials.

May 22, 2007 Posted by | ctcym | Leave a comment