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Reach out and rebuild

ROAR Feb 2015

Reach Out and Rebuild (ROAR) Projects

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.  Other folks from Hughes River Presbyterian Church provided lunch for the Team each day and prepared an evening meal on Tuesday. 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.

Among all this work, we found time for fellowship and time to talk with homeowners and with people whom we met in Cairo.  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.

The next ROAR trip is scheduled for October 1-6, 2017 in Cairo WV. Please plan to join us.

2016 Winter Mission Trip

A 20-member ROAR team, made up of members of SSPC and Friends of the Church, traveled to Crystal River, Florida in February.  The team worked with Citrus County Habitat for Humanity building homes with Habitat partner families in Inverness, Florida.  The team framed and sheeted one home, including the roof trusses; hung vinyl siding on two homes; installed soffits on five homes; and performed other miscellaneous tasks to support the Habitat building efforts.   

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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