A young couple in our church had purchased their first home. It was a fixer upper, but nothing that
Patrick, working in construction, couldn't handle. Little did they realize that the original owner had done a
lot of construction and adding on to the existing structure and didn't have a clue as to what he was doing!
As time went on the outside of the home started falling apart, water was leaking in and mold was forming
inside the walls as the walls, both inside and out, deteriorated. As the home got worse, so did our economy.
The cost of fixing their home was escalating as work and money coming in was going down for them.
Patrick, Leigh, Leigh's mom who was going through another round with cancer and their two children, one a
newborn, were all living in the home.
Their situation was brought to our attention so I set up a meeting with Patrick and Leigh to see if there was
anything that we could do to help out. Patrick said that he had the money to purchase all the product
needed to fix the outside of their home, but he didn't have the money to hire someone to do the work and
couldn't do it by himself. I told him that we would put the word out and help him with all the labor we
could and ask the ladies of our church to provide lunch for us each day we worked.
We spread the word and once Patrick secured all the permits we got to work. People of all different levels
and/or no skill at all showed up to help. We started tearing down the outside walls, removed the insulation
and drywall, wiring and other electrical items and all of the moldy and rotted wood framing.
We then began the rebuild process, replaced all of the rotted wood, put plywood and new windows in and
then tyvek on the outside of the home. One of the guys took care of getting the electric all up to code.
We basically had to rip apart his house from the outside in. We always had plenty of food and drinks to fill
us up at lunch time thanks to all the ladies. It took longer I'm sure than what the Spencer's wanted to
have happen, but the outside of their home is complete and best of all WATERPROOF!!