On Sunday, August 13, we piled into our cars and drove southwest. Our destination was a small town in West Virginia's Appalachian mountain region called Rainelle. Our purpose was to throw in however we could, lending our hands to help rebuild a place that was destroyed in a June, 2016 flood that claimed lives, homes and businesses. We were proud to put our energies to use as part of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP), a single not-for-profit who has pledged to repair or replace fully a quarter of the 1,200 houses that were damaged in the catastrophe.
Our Trinity gang worked to rehabilitate a home for a local family, spending our days spackling, sanding and roofing. Our young men and women gave themselves to jobs they had never done (e.g. roofing). They faced (and mastered) their fears of heights, strapping into their harnesses again and again to hoist and nail tin roof panels to the existing shingles. Some of the work was tedious, but by the end of the week we were all able to look at the progress we'd made with pride and gratitude.