|Helping Heals 2011|
Helping Heals 2011
Tuesday's Children's Helping Heals program provides international, domestic and local community service programs for teens and adults impacted by September 11, 2001. Over the past few years, this program has taken family members to Costa Rica, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana to help others in need.
This week, our teens are in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi helping families in need by building and painting homes. They have given up their vacation in order to take this trip as they remember all too well how individuals both nationwide and worldwide reached out to them in their time of need.
The week has continued with evidence of much progress. The teens have painted, put in flooring, installed walls and are now working on framing for the roof! The team has been able to build the house from the ground up - it is truly a labor of love.
Wednesday, February 23rd
Today resembled yesterday for the most part. Turns out the home the teens were working on yesterday is a duplex, so the team had a lot more work to do in order to finish the home. They continued to build and install the interior walls. Proving that Helping Heals is not all work and no play everyone went bowling tonight to unwind!
Tuesday, February 22nd
Today the team spent the day hammering! They worked at a new house at the construction site. Luckily they were able to meet the gentleman who will one day inhabit the home. Having the opportunity to meet the beneficiary of their work left the team very inspired and even more driven to work hard. Most of the day was spent building and installing the interior walls of the home.
Monday, February 21st
Despite arriving in Mississippi at 11:00 pm last night due to flight delays, our teens were energized and ready to get to work at the construction site bright and early this morning at 8:00 am. After a brief orientation, the teens began priming and painting three different homes. They were able to get two coats on two homes and one coat on the third. The team will be moving to different sites throughout their time in Mississippi allowing them to experience all aspects of home building!