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News & Notes - Mission 74 - Day 4

Mission 74 Day Four

Continued Building an access ramp and deck

 Home of Agnes Dunn

Tyner, KY

 Emergency Ramp for Medical reasons

Supervisors– Clarence and John

 The day began with a hot breakfast of French Toast casserole, eggs, fruit, and cottage cheese cooked by Carrie. We had a wonderful visit with Carrie, whose last day on site was Wednesday. We talked about life, faith, and family. One of the true blessings of this Mission trip has been the relationships with the CAP employees. All of them that we have met are faith and hope-filled people.

two photos of several people from Mission of Hope, NY helping build a wheelchair ramp in Kentucky

 We met with Clarence and John along Rt. 30 in Tyner, and they led us back to Agnes Dunn’s house.

 For those who think Kentucky is a warm southern state (like many of us did), it was 28 degrees when we reached the job site, and the temps reached a balmy 41 degrees in the sun, which we were not in most of the day. We were all a little underdressed!

 Unfortunately, Agnes was still in the hospital, so we did not meet her again today. We will have another chance to see her as we still have about half a day’s work to finish the deck. The cold slowed the progress a little today, so we didn’t finish as we had hoped. Tomorrow is our last day of work, so we need to finish at Agnes, and we still have a project back at Dixie’s new addition.

 Despite the chilly weather, we managed to get a lot done on the ramp and decks. Attached is a photo of Karen, Kathy, and Sally, or as they are better known on the job site, Clarence’s Angels did most of the decking and spindles. Hard work done well.

 The name Clarence’s Angels came about because of the excellent care, interest, and respect Clarence shows each of them. Sally said she was very impressed with how gentle and kind he was as he helped them learn their tasks, ensured they were safe, and made them take warming breaks.

It will be one of the happy memories Sally takes from this Mission trip.

We had a free evening with no CAP employee on site, so our group went out for an authentic southern meal at Marcella’s, a “farm-to-fork” restaurant a few miles from the Mission House. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and the company. When we returned, we had an hour-and-a-half discussion about the Mission of Hope and this Mission and our thoughts and takeaways from each. Everyone had great thoughts and input.

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