Lean, green fighting machine! That appellation rather describes the squadron Tim and I joined these last two weeks in the war on poverty in Fort Myers, FL. Our team was limited by the number of RVs the affiliate could host in the area behind the Habitat office, but despite that, we were mighty. Neon green is not my favorite color but it looked good on our squad when we lined up for the team photo.
This was a return trip to Fort Myers for Tim and I. We were here last March, but this time we returned as team leaders, our first opportunity to lead a group of Care-A-Vanners in a build.
Our prior knowledge of this affiliate as well as the Fort Myers area was definitely a boon as we liaisoned with Elisha Baird, the volunteer coordinator.
A team leader’s responsibilities are to communicate with the Care-A-Vanners before and during the build. At the introductory meeting of our team, we discussed parameters of the workweek, stages of the homes we would be working on and administrative details such as tracking the number of hours we worked on the construction site.
Although we were prepared to lead devotions each morning before the day’s work began, we welcomed others who might volunteer for this task. Then, we got to the fun stuff—social events for the two weeks we’ll be together. Evening happy hours and Friday night dinners out at the nearby waterfront restaurant, Cactus Jack’s, and at the barbeque place, Smoke’N Pit, down the street were planned.
But wouldn’t you know it! Pam and I, the two women on the team, became the only casualties of this build. Pam took a chunk out of the pad of one finger while she was using the power drill. I fell and twisted my knee, sidelining me for several days until the swelling went down.
However, those two setbacks did not prevent the team from completing the jobs assigned to us.
Framing and drop-down ceilings were nailed, windows and doors were hung,
outside soffits and blue boards were installed, and with the help of a class from a local high school, stucco was painted on two houses.
All in all, I’d say we won this skirmish.