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Mission Serve completes projects ahead of schedule

Mission Serve began the week with nine job sites and a list of task to complete. With a few set backs trying to slow down the project, the team of volunteers was able to push through a successfully complete each job site ahead of schedule. According to Project Coordinator, Scott Hanna, “It was a great week, everything went very well. We had nine job sites and every single one of them was completed early.” The setbacks faced during the projects were like any you may face during construction according to Hanna, “You always run into an issue or a problem when you peel a roof back, you just never know what you are going to find and we had a couple sites that definitely presented some challenges for us but we had such a great group of people, not only the volunteers that come in but also the local volunteers who are involved with Mission Serve.” These volunteers include both local and out of state individuals who donate their time and skills to each project. Local contractors also donate skilled individuals to help repair roofs. “They are just top notch people and even when we run into what we ran into this week where the roof was in very poor conditions,” Hanna said, “There were two particular sites where we had to jump a few extra hurdles and at the beginning of the week, especially Monday and Tuesday, it was kind of touch and go for us but again our volunteers they really step up and have great attitudes and they are hard workers.” With the volunteers making up a large part of the success of the project, it was the support of the community that really completed the mission. “We had 16 to 18 churches locally that each one of them sponsored a squad for lunches. They deliver the food and go above and beyond by bringing an ice chest with water and Gatorade,” Hanna said, “We had many churches that delivered cold watermelons to the sites and you can’t say something about our local fire fighters, EMS, and local law enforcement, both city and county. Our county and city guys on the fire forces visit these sites two times a day,  every single day, and they check on everybody and interact. The guys get out and really show that they care and deliver popsicles.” There were also businesses whose small gesture really showed the kind of supportive community the volunteers were coming into. “When you take into consideration that so many of our businesses in town put a sign up out on the road that simply says, Welcome Mission Serve, that lets the people that are coming in to do this work know that our community knows they are here and knows what they are doing,” Hanna said, “They are behind them and support them all the way.” With another year of service, special thanks and acknowledgments according to Hanna also need to be made, “A big thank you to our local coordinators including Billy Cain and Lynette Henderson. Stacey and In His Name Ministries who deliver the food for the lunches, and our local food service through the school district for the great job they do with our breakfast and dinner they do! The school district, Dr. Foster and Dr. Crosby, who allowed us to use the High School.”
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