by Karen Dibala
In April, a group of volunteers from Asylum Hill and Immanuel Churches traveled to Ponce, Puerto Rico to tear down and rebuild two roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria over two years ago. In conjunction with the local UCC, the trip was organized and led by Rich and Ruth Grobe and Jack Kadzik.
All volunteers were valued and encouraged to learn new skills if desired. Connecting with homeowners is an important part of the mission, and as their severely damaged home is transformed in just a few days, volunteers are able to witness their hope and joy, further incentive to participate in the renovation. Even the neighbors, observing and admiring our labor in the hot sun, supplied us with soda and aspirin!
A special touch was leaving a beautiful flowering plant for each homeowner upon the completion of our work. We all felt grateful to have this experience to serve those who have been ravaged by the sometimes deadly forces of nature.