A couple of weeks ago thirteen of our youth (and six adults) traveled to West Virginia to take part in the Appalachia Service Project program. What an experience! The youth all worked so hard and accomplished so much. The families became so bonded with us, it was sad to leave. It was very heartening to spend a week with people up to so much good in the world!
I want to especially thank the adults on the trip: Mike Ludwick for leaving his family to spend the week with us, for tolerating our singing with his guitar playing, for his sense of humor, his hard work and his consistently positive attitude about everything! Karen Moulis for her hard work, tolerance and wonderful homemade treats. We would definitely have starved without her support. And, we certainly would not have been so well liked! Larry Moulis for his calm leadership of us all and his sage advice. Duncan for his hard work, construction advice, leadership, and clear explanations of UU to the other youth. I greatly appreciate how our adults empowered the youth and helped them to grow their confidence and decision making skills. We could not have had better adult leadership.
I also want to thank Alex, Erik and Leia for coming to send us off and Alex for welcoming us home. I greatly appreciate all the support from the whole church!
We have such remarkable youth! We worked in difficult conditions all week and I never heard a complaint or a harsh word. They were all unfailingly supportive of each other and kind to the other youth in the center. They all opened their hearts to our families and treated them with admiration and respect. I think our presence was healing to our families' hearts as well as their homes.
Here are a few pictures and I look forward to seeing others.
Thank you all for supporting such a valuable experience!
Pam McIntyre (guest blogger)