F.A.S.T. 2012

Registration for F.A.S.T. 2012 at Morgan Scott Project

 F.A.S.T. 2011 RECAP (Scroll below) 

Morgan-Scott Project

 

 

The F.A.S.T. 2011 Program took place at Morgan-Scott Project for Cooperative Christian, located in Deerlodge, Tennessee.  Below are some pictures and narratives showing the work that was completed by the groups who participated in this year's F.A.S.T. Program.

Early and Mary Byrge had their gas shut off two years ago which necessitated a room be built to accommodate a coal burning stove.  They hastily tacked a back room onto their existing 100+ year old house.  On our site visit we noted there was no flashing between the additions and water was running down the wall when it rained.  There was no insulation or ceiling in the room - only rough sawn rafters.  The reclaimed metal roof was nailed directly onto the sheathing and leaked at many of the nail holes.  There was a gap all around the door and daylight seeped in under the eaves.  Tar paper covered the sub floor and the exterior of the addition.

Mary and Early said they spent the last two winters very uncomfortably because of the lack of insulation and weather proofing.  Early worked in the coalmine for over 25 years and suffers from black lung, and both have had heart attacks in the last two years.

Mary entered in through the back door carrying coal in buckets by climbing up on two concrete blocks stacked on top of each other.

The MSP (Morgan-Scott Project) committed to weatherizing this back room to make a comfortable living area that retained heat throughout the winter.  We began by building a 4'x4' stoop with steps for safe entry and exit from the room.  Then we tore off the roof and put on a metal roof with appropriate flashing.  Then we insulated between the rafters and installed a ceiling on the interior.  From there we put up dry wall, painted, put up trim, installed a vunyl sheet floor, weatherstripped around the door and covered the tar paper siding with wood siding.

 

 

 

 

On their day off the Edgewood United Church of Christ youth group visited the nearby Frozen Head State Park.  We hiked to two waterfalls and swam and played in the water.  Frozen Head features a stunning example of old growth forest.

 

 


Verlie lives by herself in a trailer.  She has fallen and broken a hip and ahd surgery on both her knees.  She is unable to climb steps.
Her family have been carrying her up and down her 8 steps for over a year.  Her trailer is over 48 inches off the ground.  Our ramp, built to code is over 50 feet long and winds through her yard - which is quite hilly.

 

Now Verlie is able to wheel down her ramp unassisted down to the drive way.

To the left the group was putting the finishing touches on Verlie's ramp.  We stain all ramps and porches with a protective stain.


 

 

 Staining Mr. Day's porch and ramp.  The all women crew from Union City, MI work on replacing the rotten planks on the porch and support posts.  They were very proud of their work. 

 

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org