On Saturday, March 11th, members from the La Sierra University Outreach and Calvary Chapel Church joined us in a mobile home park in Riverside to paint Maria’s home. Over the years Maria’s home had begun to fade and look dull, which prompted her to hire someone to paint it. Unfortunately, due to financial limitations and other unexpected complications they were unable to finish. The look of her incomplete home was very unpleasing and the mobile home park management began to raise concern because it did not comply with their guidelines, which prompted Maria and her daughter to contact Habitat for Humanity Riverside for help.That afternoon was the hottest of the year so far but that did not stop the volunteers from working hard on Maria’s home! They began prepping the worksite by preparing the paint trays, laying tarps on the concrete, and applying covers to the rollers. After receiving a safety presentation, the group began painting. The walls of the home were painted quickly despite some of them being over 15 feet tall and very difficult to reach. Once the walls were complete, all that was left was the trim.
This took some time due to its complicated design but the volunteers were determined to get it done despite the effects of the harsh sun. By the end of the afternoon, Maria’s house looked brand new, and the volunteers were proud of the work they had done. The leader of the La Sierra University Outreach group, Caesar Baez, stated that they “loved volunteering with Habitat because it’s fun and makes an immediate positive impact in someone’s life”. So a big thank you goes out La Sierra University Outreach and Calvary Chapel Church for their assistance in making Maria’s home beautiful again.