The Weed Long Term Recovery Group in northern California worked in conjunction with Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity to help those who still have unmet needs as a result of a devastating fire in September 2014. The fire destroyed parts of the town, two churches, and 136 homes.
A combined mission team of 15 from University UMC (Irvine), Aldersgate UMC (Tustin) and an individual from San Carlos UMC (San Diego) joined together to provide much needed time and talent to the recovery project. Wood forms for concrete foundations were built for a detached garage and another home with an attached garage. Being part of the cement pour crew was exciting, as the team had never participated in that kind of work before. They got to see the results of their labor after the boards were removed from the cement foundation of the detached garage.
Other activities included surveying an empty lot for a new home; general cleaning and painting of the interior of a 3-bedroom Habitat house nearing completion; building a handicap ramp; assisting with a wall removal in the Habitat warehouse and various other projects at the warehouse. Even though the weather was at times cold, windy, rainy and even some snow, the team worked through it all. Our outstanding cook crew provided the team with excellent meals that provided the stamina to work in difficult conditions. The hospitality and warmth of the people we worked with were a blessing. There are not many work sites that provide an outstanding view. There is, however, snow-covered Mt. Shasta looming over the work site at Weed. Weed is at the base of Mt. Shasta.