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Sept 30, 2018 – Last One

Friday was our last day of work. Alyson’s team completed a week long demolition effort. The team removed an addition that had been built on top of the home’s roof. This included block walls that had fallen, fixtures from a nonfunctional bathroom and a 4 inch cement floor. All this was necessary to reach the original concrete roof. The debris was taken down stairs from the roof in 5 gallon...

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Sept 30, 2018

I only worked on one roof from start to finish. The three stages include removal of old materials,  surface preparation which includes cement work, and finally sealing. So, several days were spent at one home. (Completed roof with silicone sealant) Each day the homeowner (pictured below on the left) was a representation of many others in the community expressing appreciation for the work being...

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Sept 23, 2018 (A personal account)

A Personal Account A man living in Yabucoa shared with me how he and his family sat in their home when the hurricane Maria arrived. The wind and the rain began in the night. The full force of the hurricane struck at 3 a.m. and the community went dark when the power went out. Through the tremendous roar of the wind, shrill screams could be heard from the people in the surrounding homes. The...

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Sept 23, 2018

Remembrance September 20th marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. Many residents of the Yabucoa community gathered for a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal near the shoreline where the hurricane made landfall. The event, led by Yabucoa municipal leaders, included music, prayers, and speeches that described the resiliency and strength of the people. I...

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Sept. 15b, 2018

Two weeks left for our time in Yabucoa. We have worked on the same team about half of the days. Alyson prefers that we work together. I’m sure we have our entertaining moments, just like during a Sunday morning worship service. We are doing well....

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