Salkehatchie Summer Service
Huntersville Camp 2006
The Berry Home Story
Monday, July 17 2006
Mr Berry lives alone in his home. It has been in his family for a many years. It is only since October 2005 that Mr Berry had a toilet in his home. He has no shower or bathtub, his roof is badly in need of repair, the water heater is disconnect and his kitchen needs to be replaced.
The Berry Home
Here are the major priorities for the Berry home:
- Reshingle the roof
- Put in a shower in the bathroom
- Connect the water heater
- Put new cabinets in the kitchen
The Berry team includes the following adults: Bill Ratliff (Site Leader), Ed Tiller, Rose Sherard. Here are the youth: Hillary Wagstaff, Cody Shores, Courtney Barbee, Chelsey Young, Jay Shepherd, Meredith Davis, Elizabeth Hilliard and Hiley Davis.
On Monday the team was able to accomplish the following:
- removed the shingles from the roof
- reshingled half the roof (and left felt paper on the uncompleted portion
- moved a wall to create a larger bathroom
- started putting in the shower enclosure
- started tearing apart the kitchen
This team has a lot of experienced youth and they made a tremendous amount of progress today.
Tuesday, July 18 2006
Here's the short update:
- Roofing is complete. Everyone's off the roof. This is great because that means four people are available to work on other things
- Shower enclosure is installed. Plumbing will be completed after the conclusion of the camp
- Posts for the deck are up. Team has decided to build Mr. Berry a wrap-around porch
- Some new wall coverings are up in the kitchen
This is the most experienced youth team in camp and it has showed.
Wednesday, July 19 2006
The team continues to make progress. The heat seemed to affect them today but the got much of the deck done. The roof was completed yesterday so it meant that 4 more people were on the ground working.
Mr Berry is excited about his deck. That wasn't in the original plan so it's come as a very pleasant surprise. He said his plan is to have a cookout with his friends ... something he really couldn't do before.
The kitchen in the Berry home looks great
Aside from the plumbing, which will be done in a week or so, this team expects to have their work completed by the end of the week.
Thursday, July 20 2006
By the end of the day on Thursday the team was virtually done. Rather than work till 6:00pm the team finished up at 5:00pm. What was left for Friday was some cleanup and a bit of work in the bathroom.
Friday, July 21 2006
The only thing really left at the Berry home was to complete the plumbing and hookup the water heater. Everyone was very satified with how the week had gone. Mr Berry was delighted and made a point of thanking the team and Huntersville United Methodist Church for a great week.
NOTE: The Monday following the camp I received the following email from Mr. Berry's sister Elaine. Elaine had been the one to bring Mr Berry's home to my attention.
Subject: Thanks, Thanks, Thanks
I apologize for not speaking with you this weekend. I did not get to Charlotte Friday night until around 11:30pm. They had a very bad accident on 85 north and it was backed up for about two hours.
The house looks fabulous. I can not believe the major improvements your church has made to my brothers house. Everything looks wonderful and I LOVE the deck. The roof, kitchen and bathroom everything looks great. I want to give a heart felt thanks to you, your wife and church family for being so kind to my brother. Pop is a very happy camper and I am too. I want to send a Thank you card to your pastor and church members for helping Huntersville continue to be a better place to live.
Thank you, so very much.