ReBuilding Together

ReBuilding Together has been one of Chapel Hill's regular mission projects for several years. This year, after a break due to the pandemic, Chapel Hill adopted a house and recruited volunteers to rehabilitate it.  (Scroll all the way down for complete photo gallery.)

Morgan Green, the Project Manager, detailed the work, "We tore down a deck and replaced it with a new one." That one thing might seem like enough of a project for a weekend, but the remodel list continued. In addition, all four exterior walls were examined, rotten wood siding replaced and remaining siding was scraped. "We had to repair the water damage that had accumulated over the years. There was some damage in the walls where we had to go in and put in some new support." Then the walls were painted with primer before their final coat of pale yellow. 

The remodel included some major work on the inside of the house too. "We put down a new floor in the bathroom, replaced the tub, put a plastic shower stall on the tub, installed a new hand held water fixture, replaced the toilet, the vanity and put in a new sink and new hardware." Morgan said. "Most of the work inside was done by Kirk Waite and Pete Nathaniel. Kevin Cline put in the floor."

And there is still more. The volunteers removed the out of code heater from the bathroom and painted about half of the kitchen. Morgan continued, "We were even able to replace the kitchen stove thanks to donations from the New Media Sunday School class." And Kay Green chimed in ... "We also replaced the door leading into the bathroom.

Morgan Green can't say enough good things about the 38 individuals who spent their weekend, and in some cases weeks, fixing up this house. "In addition to Kirk and Pete, Mark Ferguson was a construction supervisor. These guys have done so much," Morgan said. "We had been working on the house prior to the ReBuilding Together weekend and every day since."

Everyone on site agreed it was good to be back in the ReBuilding Together business. Morgan said that a total of 410 hours (so far) has been spent on this project and it has blessed everyone involved. "After delaying ReBuild for a year, Chapel Hill just opened their arms for this lady and we had great support. Debbie, the homeowner is very appreciative and says it feels like a true blessing." Morgan concluded, "We'll do it again next year. It's just a great way to make a real difference in people's lives."

Be sure to scroll through the photo gallery of the work from last Friday and Saturday below. Please remember to tap the picture and expand it so you can see the text attached to each photo. Special thanks to Rev. Marilynn Schellhamer, Lizz Foxhoven, and Phyllis Morrow for providing photos.

To learn more about how ReBuilding Together works check out their website HERE. (Watch the video and you'll even see footage from some of Chapel Hill's past projects.)

Friday ...

Blessing the House...
Blessing the House...

It's a tradition for everyone to stop for a minute and put their hands on the house and God's help to keep the workers safe and productive.

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Removing ...
Removing ...

Wood siding had deteriorated because of water damage.

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Musicians Sing EVERYWHER!
Musicians Sing EVERYWHER!

These gals make music and volunteer everywhere. I took their pic and said, "Wow, guess if you need help - call the choir!" :-)

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Blessing the House...
Blessing the House...

It's a tradition for everyone to stop for a minute and put their hands on the house and God's help to keep the workers safe and productive.

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1/19

Saturday ...

On Saturday it was time to Measure
On Saturday it was time to Measure

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Measure and Cut!
Measure and Cut!

(and try not to laugh!)

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Working to ReBuild Together!
Working to ReBuild Together!

Makes us all stronger!! Better friends, better neighbors, better Christians. Thank you to all those who help!

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On Saturday it was time to Measure
On Saturday it was time to Measure

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1/22