Lucky enough to get a parking space across the street from the build.
Volunteers are plentiful in number. A check point is set up for volunteers to register and get their T-shirts and hard hats. From there you go to the predetermined meeting point with your contact person, in my case the design team. At this point the house has been torn down and a foundation is in its place ready for the structure to begin.
Meeting and working with the design team was really a great experience. It is nothing like working with your traditional client. The designs are somewhat determined as well as potential fabrics, which have not been obtained at this point. Once the details have been laid for the designs the design team is off and running to get the fabrics necessary for fabrication to begin. Local vendors are one source, but the team also has other vendors that will ship fabrics in a speedy manner in order to get us all working. This may take a few trips back and forth until you have everything you need to complete the project.
We met with the design team on Monday, we were given our fabrics on Thursday and now its time for me and my team, Becky Rose and Gail Maciorowski to begin the fabrication and upholstering. Our task was the bedding for Gloria’s room. Other members of my WCAA chapter were doing window treatments and other accessories. The bedroom we helped with had an upholstered twin size bed which included a headboard, foot board and side rails. These were to be tufted in a candy pink colored fabric. There were also multiple pillows, a duvet cover and geometric gymnastic cubes which were to be slip covered in a fun purple fabric. Having only two days to complete our task, along with our normal work days, it was a mad rush. We put in two very long nights and much of the day Saturday.
Now it is Saturday evening, the night before the reveal. We were asked to arrive with our finished items at around 5:00pm. As we approach our designated location all we see is hundreds of volunteers busily working at their assigned tasks. After hours with no sleep they are all still smiling and in very happy spirits. It is an awesome feeling to be part of something that is so rewarding. As is typical with any project of this size, it is now 9:30pm and we are still not able to install our completed items due to other projects still happening in our room. So we help with painting frames for family photo’s to be hung in the Walker home. Anything to help!
There are round the clock coffee trucks and food stations to keep all the busy workers well nourished and fueled with energy.