Habitat for Humanity in Review

Edes Ave, Oakland Project

Phase B-1  2009

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For the past several years John has been 'commuting' to volunteer in Oakland. Here we complete the 4th phase in 3 years of a 56 home development.  This a summary highlight WEB of the work done on the 4th phase.


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Amigos Still At It

Dave and Mike continue to join John each Thursday with carpool to Oakland for the next set of homes.  A warm day in February sees us getting under way in earnest.


The stairs are in the wrong place, so another set of Amigos deconstruct, move 13.5 inches and rebuild the stairs .. all in 1 day!

Build-a-thon 2009

A really ambitious fundraiser to to challenge volunteers to get $200 a day support for helping to frame 20 homes.  A bit of stretch for John's framing skills is being assigned a "home leader' for home number 11.  Expect 300 volunteers a day!

Big Help

MWell, I am fortunate to have to great assistants for the fist few days.  Julita is an architect who volunteers regularly and Mitch is a journeyman framer.

Homeymoon in Oakland?

On Sunday, the wedding party for a couple who met at Habitat and were married Saturday show up to help build the Lutheran home.  Just when John was worried about lifting the 450# beams in place.

New Friends and Homeowners

On the last day we are joined by the homeowners for home 11.  How exciting to see the walls which now define the spaces in their future home.

Getting Tired

And finally we wrap up on Tuesday!  Small crew today, but we make great progress, completing a lot of the second story.  Julita and Mitch are still with us! 

Time out for lunch

AHere we have a photo of some of the mid week regulars on lunch break.  A cold day today, so we sit in the sun.

More Work on Home 11

Here is the last of the attic party wall.  It's a long way up there and having a crane makes it easy. 

Vita Volunteer

John has the opportunity to work for a day with Vita, a regular Thursday volunteer for this phase.  We straighten the kitchen walls so that the cabinets and countertops fit perfectly!

AmeriCorps Coordinators

Sonia and Megan are the volunteer coordinators but we rarely see them mid week.  But a visit mid week is a great opportunity for a work break.  John seems to be perfecting that skill.


Time out for the annual end of season farewell party for our AmeriCorps crew leaders.  We host it at our home along with other regular volunteers. What a great bunch of young adults who bless our lives with their caring and joi d'vivre.

Happy Trails to You!

Chrissy, our fearless leader for all of the Oakland work goes on to other adventures in her career.  We have a farewell reception on A Saturday and send her on with expectations that we'll see her a again at special events.

New Crew of Americorps

The second day of their year of service the new crew meets the regular volunteers.  Love at first sight! 


A fun day of siding ends with a bit of mugging with new friends.  Yes, Mary is the feather person! 

Waiting assignments

A lot of the Thursday regulars join up with their friends on the Wednesday crew. And no one has to paint or dig dirt! 

Corbel Caballeros Redux

The gang of 3 is joined by Tall John to make transition strips for the Pergo to Marmoleum joint in the downstairs kitchen and bath.  With 20 homes, that is a lot of milling by this expert crew. 


Our new AmeriCorps friends put on a thanksgiving dinner for all the regular volunteers.  It was a wonderful experience with such good food and friends. 


We finally get to dedicate the homes in mid December.  He john is with his friends, the Lao's (see above).  A littler colder, but warm hearts with the glow of satisfaction 

And Bonus!

Marie asked John and other volunteers to help with her sweat equity hours, and we did gladly.  It's tough for a single Mom to get in 500 in one year.   

Real Dedication

At long last we get the final inspections from the City.  Now the homes can close and the proud homeowners move it.  This crew just happened to be there at the end of that day for a bit of celebration. 







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