This past week in St. Pete has been life changing! With the help of Charlie and Dave, eighteen people put up an entire roof on a house. WE LITERALLY RAISED THE ROOF! I was fortunate enough to meet so many great people this week and made memories that I will never forget! I would like to thank Jenny, Meredith, and Jared for taking us on this wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in an unfamiliar place.
Yesterday was our last day. We were given the whole day to work on our final project. I worked with Nelson, Chelsea, Sneh, and Jersey. We decided to make colorful bracelets that said, Raise The Roof. I started out the day by going to breakfast and Michael’s to get supplies to build our bracelets. We then made the bracelets pictured above for everyone on the trip. Also, we wrote our final group act of kindness and each of our own. As a group we each promised to each other that we would do one act of service with each other once a month. We signed a document to create accountability and make it official. We all had our final dinner in the campus center in which everyone presented their projects. All projects were amazing and everyone did a wonderful job expressing their creativity in many different ways. I am so thankful I was able to go on this trip this past week and look forward to many more!
I am attaching my personal plan of action below.
My Plan of Action HFH
Today was the group’s last day in St. Pete. It was very sad to leave because it was such a great experience that allowed me to venture out of my comfort zone. We started off the day by going to breakfast at Crackle Barrel. After breakfast we headed back to Rollins. We were able to get a little break before we all went on the JUMP bus again to downtown Orlando to go to the Coalition for the Homeless. Going to the Coalition for the Homeless was an eye opening experience for me. I felt so grateful to have been given the opportunity to give back and help others. Today was my first time at the Coalition for the Homeless and it will not be my last. The Coalition works so hard to provide shelter and food for the many homeless people of Orlando.
I was given the opportunity to meet many young boys and girls and their mothers at the Coalition for the Homeless. One boy and girl that came up to me and wanted to play were brother and sister. Their names were Max and Winter. They were both so adorable and happy and all they wanted to do was play. They insisted on playing puppets. My job was to watch their show and announce the title as they both performed. One thing that I had noticed with Max, Winter, and their mother was that she didn’t pay much attention to them. Both of them spoke so highly of her and made bracelets for her and she didn’t seem to give them the time of day which broke my heart. Every couple minutes they both took a break from playing and kissed their mother and told her how much they loved her. Max and Winter really opened my eyes and allowed to see how happy they can be with the current situation their family is in. Overall today was a great day and I am excited to present our final project tomorrow!
Today was the last day on the site. It was a very sad day for all. My group and I were ready to go at 8 and worked very hard until 2:30. This day was by far the most productive day and everyone really came together to finish the roof. Today was the first day the palm nailers were available. I was very thankful for them and they saved a lot of time and energy, which was needed in order to complete everything on time. Nina, the home owner of the house came by and it was great to get a chance to meet her. Being able to meet the home owner made the whole process real and purposeful. Charlie and Dave were great to work with and so helpful and patient with all of us. I was so thankful to have met them and learn from them.
After the final day on site, which was an absolutely amazing experience, everyone, I mean everyone went into the pool with all their clothes on. This moment was a moment I will not forget because we all had smiles on our faces and it was great to celebrate our accomplishment. After the pool, we our final dinner with Nina and her cousin, Tina. It was great to hear her story on how she was having this house built for her children as a surprise. Nina really reiterated how important her children were to her and how they came first, which I thought was so special and touched us all. After dinner we had a meeting and laughed so hard and this showed how close we all have bonded during this trip asa group. I am so fortunate to have met all these people and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Hi friends! I am back again! Today was the first day on our site. I woke up at 6:30 for a 7 o’clock breakfast in the lobby of our hotel. We arrived at our site at 8 and our leaders Charlie and Dave told us some supplies had not been delivered yet and for us to come back in about two hours. Meredith, Jenny, and Jared decided to take us to the beach which allowed me to reflect on the beauty of nature. I was able to walk on the beach and collect these amazing shells. After the beach, we went back to to the site and began our work. Today’s task was to start putting up the roof. This task required a lot of teamwork and communication skills for everyone. My job was to frame the roof by hammering nails. My arm was a little sore, but this experience was totally worth it because I believe everyone deserves a home.
After our day of work, I was able to relax for a little and enjoy the hotel pool and hot tub. It was a great way to get to know everyone. After the pool, everyone went to St. Bartholomew in which my friends and I were able to interact and hear the stories of people who have been homeless. This experience was really eye opening for me and allowed me to reflect on my everyday life. I was able to reflect on the way I interact with homeless people. After reflecting on the day with the group, my view of homeless people has changed and I wish I was open to them instead of being scared. Overall, this day was amazing and I am looking forward to another amazing day tomorrow!
See everyone tomorrow!
Today was great! It started in the Reeves Lodge at 9AM where I was able to meet all my new lovely friends. We all then discussed the mandatory book, The Working Poor. The discussion really opened my eyes and allowed me to reflect on my life in comparison to people’s lives in the book. After the discussion, all my new friends and I played ice breaker games and I was able to get to know each and every one of them a little better. My goal for tomorrow is to have everyone’s names down. I apologize for not having done so already.
After the two bus ride, sitting next to my dear friend Chelsea Bridges, my new friends and I went grocery shopping at Publix. Meredith, Jenny, and Jared divided all of my fourteen new friends and I into three groups of five. Each group was given fifty dollars to prepare a meal and a snack or a meal and a appetizer. The task was a lot harder than expected. When I go to the grocery store at home with my mom I never pay attention to the price or brand name. Today was a very different experience in which I had to find the best deal possible for all food items. Overall the shopping was a great experience and I think it will help me in the future to work with a budget.
Once the shopping was complete my new friends and I arrived at the Residence Inn. All groups went to different rooms and made their dishes. Overall the dinner was excellent and I was able to see everyone working together so nicely.