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Reach out and rebuild

ROAR Feb 2015

Reach Out and Rebuild (ROAR) Projects

2018 Winter Mission Trip - Gainesville, FL

During the week of February 5—9, 2018 members and friends of SSPC gathered in Gainesville, Florida to work with Alachua Habitat For Humanity.  Volunteers came from the Mechanicsburg area, Harrisburg, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Sweden so we are now a national and international team.  The Alachua Habitat Team was very organized and helpful. We worked on three homes and accomplished the following tasks: installed siding on all three homes; installed ‘J’ channel, soffit material and aluminum facia trim on two homes; trimmed out windows, corners, porch trim and porch posts; built interior partitions and installed blocking for cabinets on three homes; installed windows and doors; painted/sealed the exposed portion of the concrete foundations; applied two coats of paint to the siding on one home; and sealed a lot of joints and screw holes with caulk and patching compound. It was a good week with great weather, no injuries and plenty of time for fellowship.  Our thanks to the Congregation for your prayers and for the financial support that makes these mission trips possible.  The Silver Spring Church family and the ROAR Team has made a huge difference in the future of three families that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

2017 Fall Mission Trip

For the eighth consecutive year, during the first full week of October, 25 members and friends of Silver Spring Church accepted the challenge to make repairs on ten homes and one church in Cairo, West Virginia.  Several Cairo volunteers joined with the ROAR Team to accomplish the work.  We scraped, caulked and painted window frames at the Methodist church, including the frames of tall stained-glass windows, and we installed new handrails at the main entrance.  Work on ten homes included the following:  installed ten windows, two front doors, two storm doors and steps to a deck; replaced landscape timbers; repaired and shingled a porch roof; rebuilt a wall section where framing had rotted;  installed a new bath tub and shower; replaced a broken cast iron sewer pipe and installed a new toilet; cleaned debris from rain gutters and installed new gutters and down leads; power washed a house; caulked windows and patched a drywall ceiling; closed a drafty fireplace hearth with a fancy wood panel; removed a heavy wood stove and then repaired the associated ceiling and roof. The Team was blessed to have this opportunity to show God’s love to others by improving the homeowners’ living conditions and by taking time to listen to their personal stories.

2017 Summer Mission Trip

On July 29, fifteen members and friends of the Silver Spring ROAR team traveled to Farmington Maine to work at MATE’s North Parish Housing Ministry. This is a Presbyterian mission which repairs homes of low income families in the Farmington area. This year the group worked on five different homes replacing windows and doors which were leaking cold air in the winter; rebuilt a screened-in porch because the side wall and roof were unstable; replaced and built new entryway steps; framed, roofed and sided an addition to a trailer to be used as a bedroom for the families fourth child.

Stay tuned to weekly announcements to see when the next ROAR trip is scheduled.

Anyone interested in more information or in participating in future ROAR mission trips should contact Terry Reed (ROAR) at 766-2714 or Fred Shatto (MATE) at 766-5311.
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