Destination Rocky Point: Building Homes for Those in Need
My company has to deal with a higher-level of compassion that most businesses do not have to deal with. The nature of what we clean up; be it from death or hoarding issues demands it. We have to tread very carefully when we connect with people and work on these two issues. I always approach our jobs with the thought, “what if it was me?” How would I want to be dealt with? Concerns for what people are going through are paramount in my mind and are reflected in my business.
I have trained the people that work for AZ-BIO to be fully aware of this compassion issue. It’s how we give back in the business world.
Another way I give back is on a more personal level, in the area of volunteering with AZ-BIO finances and our physical abilities. We team up with a couple of non-profit organizations to reach out to people in need. I think it’s in my DNA as a Christian man. I take to heart when Jesus said in Matthew 25:36, “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”.
One of the three non-profits that we work with is an organization called 1MISSION. Their mission is to organize and bring people together to build homes for people in impoverished area of Mexico. I connect with them through my church that I attend at Mountain Park Church in Ahwatukee, Phoenix.
Building Homes in Mexico
From their website they say this about themselves; “1MISSION is the leader in organizing and leading short-term mission trips with a long-term impact”. After a couple house building opportunities, I believe what they say is very accurate.
Teaming up with 20-40 people and a few families from Mountain Park we start out on a Thursday morning and make the 5-hour drive down to Rocky Point. My financial donation as well as others helps supply the building materials that we need, and they are waiting at the new homes site when we arrive at around 11:00am.
By the time our building crew arrives from Phoenix at around 11:00am on Thursday, the building supplies are waiting for us.
People pair off with some mixing cement for the foundation, some spreading the cement and others begin to cut 2×4’s and build the frame for the walls and roof.
By Friday morning the cement pad has dried and we begin raise the walls 2×4’s that we made the afternoon before. The homes that we build come in two sizes. We build 12×24 structures or 24×24 depending on the size of the family we are building for and how many people have come to help us build that weekend.
As soon as the wall and roof 2×4’s are up we start attaching the pressboard walls and the plywood ceilings. This part of the construction is usually done by lunch time Friday. After lunch some people start attaching chicken wire, others start mixing stucco while others spread out the stucco on the walls and still another group spreads elastomeric coating on the roof. By evening the first coats are done and we break for the evening.
This man is forming a Jerry pad, named for him because he used left over cement for a small pad by the front door and of course leaving his mark for posterity.
By late afternoon the last coats of stucco and elastomeric are done and the windows and doors have been attached. We clean up all the construction tools and garbage to make the yard presentable.
Volunteering For Those in Need
By Saturday evening the home is built and we present the keys to the 1mission family that we did this work for and give them a house warming gift as well as a Bible. The sense of accomplishment at that point as we watch the family accept the keys with such BIG smiles on their faces is almost overwhelming for us all.
The blessing of giving back in this way is very hard to explain. Supplying funds, physically building a home in three days with the 1mission family right beside us every step of the way is a feeling I will always cherish.
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