October 8, 2009
We arrived yesterday evening after an uneventful car ride and a questionable dinner at Taco Time. The church was very hospitable. We slept on various couches, some of them in the kindergarten classroom. This morning we were startled by a woman who arrived at 6 am to set up the classroom (we were not too happy about this). After a good breakfast of bagels at the Habitat main office and a brief training, we headed out to the job site. The project we are working on is “A brush with kindness.” We were working on an old habitat house in need of upkeep. The owner was an older foster mom who had seven kids ranging in age. Several of her children were mentally disabled. She had a beautiful home and garden with lots of birdfeeders and birdhouses. Some people painted and
scraped, some caulked, and we worked on demolishing a rotting porch. Our site manager’s name was Chris and he was incredibly nice and helpful. The weather was beautiful! After working all day, we had ice cream treat and enjoyed showers and the hot tub at the health club. For dinner we had Mediterranean food and enjoyed exploring downtown Bend! Now off to watch a movie and then to bed!
—Abby Vining and Claire Beatus