Can you believe we are leaving this for the snow of the north country? The facilities for our stay at ECHO were fabulous. All of the amenities you would want, electric, water, sewer connection, trash was picked up every day from the site, concrete pad, wifi connection, and close to our work site. We were able to stay in the Seminole RV Resort.
Today we had a summary meeting with the CEO, Stan Doer to review our accomplishments and for him to wish us safe travels onward. He also was open about the financial situation at ECHO, namely that donations are down and the organization is faced with making severe cuts. So what did we accomplish?
The administration buildings, sidewalks and wooden bridges were power washed. Mold and mildew are common problems in Florida so power washing is an annual event. The wooden bridges were then treated with preservative to provide some protection. The dormitories were also power washed.
The dormitories and intern rooms were painted and cleaned. A total of 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms were painted. The paint team had their challenges in accomplishing this task. They also prepared and painted the trim on the Price Center (Administration Building).
New display and sorting tables were built for the nursery. This required the construction of 7 tables, removal of the old structures, and installation of the irrigation system.
A major project was the renovation of the mail room. This included the installation of a wall, changing the doorway, building and installing cabinets and counter tops, and painting the room and cabinets. In addition to making the changes in the mail room, the restroom doors opened into a hallway and this created a hazard, so the doors were reversed.
A storage barn on the farm was painted.
ECHO does grow fruit and vegetables so a washing table was built and installed. This was another major project.
The team worked very had to complete the task list.In addition n to the hard work, there were opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth during the week. The team will be separating tomorrow morning, but the relationships that have been built will last a very long time. Most are looking for opportunities to do more projects where they will be working with some of the same people.
For Linda and I our next project will be in May and will be preparing a campground for the summer camping season. We will be at Pine Village Campground in Indiana. We will post more about this in the near future.