April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! About 35 volunteers from the local community have generously given of their time since 2014 to convert an empty lot to the 10 Habitat homes we're working on. Today, Habitat GSF hosted a pizza lunch on the site to express their gratitude. Click on the link below to learn more about the Mt. Burdell Place project!
It was deeply moving to see a neighborhood rally around Habitat families that are getting ready to move in and their commitment to taking such an active role in making the new residents feel welcome.
Our work today involved successfully completing the tasks we began yesterday. Each home's yard and the families' common outdoor space are now ready for planting! Our students continued to work hard and feel a great sense of pride in being able to see the fruits of their labor, knowing they've done important work in making these houses feel like home.
After work, we satisfied our sushi cravings with a delicious Japanese meal in the quaint nearby town of Petaluma. We left room for some ice cream made from scratch at a local creamery and took turns at board game favorites such as Connect Four, Tic Tac Toe, and Mancala. Back at the hotel, the evening's reflection focused on what we had learned about each other through our work together today.
Tomorrow we return to the city for more community revitalization work by way of beautifying a public park.