Day 2 and 3
The PPC Youth has had a very eventful past two days. From building houses for Habitat for Humanity to visiting centers for dealing with addiction, we have had to do it all.
The day abruptly started at 7:00, which for some is too early. After breakfast, our group delved deep into a morning devotion. The boys and girls were separated to visit male and female addiction centers, Healing Transitions. This very informative experience consisted of a tour of the facility and helping them complete some tasks in the office. We were able to have lunch and bond with some of the women and men at the facilities and were fortunate enough to hear some of their stories.
These stories transitioned into very complex and difficult conversations later, however, were overall very eye-opening for all of us. After our mornings spent at Healing Transitions, the boys and girls met back up at a food bank in Raliegh. We were tasked with bagging produce, including peppers, onions, and potatoes, which would very quickly be sent to local food pantries. In total, we bagged 5,300 pounds of produce, which equivalates to 4,063 meals for families around the area.
Today started even earlier, 6:30 to be exact. The youth who are 16 and older went to a Habitat for Humanity site. We worked on two houses, helping the staff finish off a house and insulating another. Today’s high was 99 degrees, making the day feel very long and rigorous, but we actually got a lot done. For the group who worked on building the house in progress, Ed was quick to volunteer to help us, obviously.
After a very long, hot, and tiring day, it was easy to see the success our group had made on these two homes. Stopping by Dairy Queen was just the cherry on top of the cake.
For the youth younger than 16, they spent a day at a local Catholic food pantry, helping to serve food and sort through items. They were happy to see that the food that we bagged the day before had quickly made its way to the local food pantry.
We wrapped up devotion tonight, which concluded our work with the Raleigh Youth Mission team, and had more open discussions about our experiences not only today but these past few days.
That was basically our last two days laid out in the shortest way possible, but expect more stories when we return!