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Demolition Derby

Today was our first day on the job. We woke up at the crack of dawn and struggled to get out the door. We ventured to downtown Jacksonville and our first stop was at HabiJax, which is short for Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville.

There we learned a lot about Habitat for Humanity as well as HabiJax. For example, did you know that every 21 minutes a new family receives the keys to their Habitat for Humanity home? The reason Habitat is so special is that it allows families in need to purchase homes with loans at zero interest.

Our group then toured the HabiJax warehouse where all the materials and tools are stored. We were given our assignment and surprisingly did not get lost on our way to the worksite. Our AmeriCorp leaders Bessie and Heidi met us at the house and gave us instructions and a license to demolish anything in sight. So we obliterated the remaining walls and ceilings. As a team we worked productively to finish this huge task.

We were lucky enough to have a lunch break to recover some energy and take a breather, but soon after we went back to work. Since we had finished most of the walls, it was time to bring down the ceiling. This is where things began to get nasty! Dust filled the tiny house and made it very difficult to see and breathe properly. By the end, it appeared as if an earthquake had hit West 22nd Street.

After all was said and done, the only thing on our minds was getting back to the church to take nice, warm showers. Later, the generous people from HabiJax offered to take us to Hola’s Mexican Restaurant. Once we finally arrived (after getting lost for the fifth time), we had a superb Mexican dinner.

We are now relaxing and plan on heading to bed soon in hopes of being at the work site early tomorrow morning.

Demolition before renovation: Our work has begun.

Demolition before renovation: Our work has begun.