Everything but the Sunburn

by Frankie DiVito

Puerto Rico deployment has been a blast!

I'm currently the field team leader with three other members serving with me in the field and its fantastic! It all started off with us landing in Puerto Rico at 10pm and getting picked up by Brigid and Jimmy whom we haven't seen in over a month. It was an exciting reunion.

 Eli Schmidt (Left), Franki DiVito (Center), and Brigid Mulroe in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier

Eli Schmidt (Left), Franki DiVito (Center), and Brigid Mulroe in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier

After that we met up with Brenna and Brittany whom were already at the AirBNB and we were able to hang for a while till work started the next day. When the next day finally arrived we were told our roles and that I'd be the POC (point of contact) in the field as well as the Field TL. After that we went around San Juan, PR tracking down a vehicle to use as well as seeing the JFO and how it is ran. After that me and my team were sent off for groceries and finally Humacao, PR where we'd be living at our FOB (field operating base).

When we arrived we were greeted by Kimberly and Erica who were thrilled that we made it to them. We were excited as well to see their bright and shiny faces. We spent a long night that night catching up and having a blast playing some games. After that it was bed and our first day on the job in the field. From then on out we were trained on roof repairs and damage assessments. Kimberly and Erica were great teachers and we learned a lot from them like how to look at the finer details of roofs and where water may leak through. It was a lot to take in but we were did just fine understanding it. We met a WCC team too that we'd be serving alongside some days and sharing tools with. They were a great group of people.

 Members Frankie (right) and Eli (left) repair the damaged roof of a homeowner in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier

Members Frankie (right) and Eli (left) repair the damaged roof of a homeowner in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier

At the end of that week were able to head back to San Juan and regroup with our other teammates and have a fun weekend together before the second Puerto Rico team went back home to St. Louis. After that weekend we were on our own and I led my team in a mucking and gutting project. It was all their first time mucking and gutting so it was fun teaching them all and they all preformed greatly and learned a lot. Brigid and Heather were able to come in the field with us for the day so I'm sure it was exciting for them to actually be hungry at lunch instead of just feel lazy not moving in the office a lot. Those two had to leave so Brigid could fly home and Heather back into the office so it was just us that were left for finishing the house.

Two days later we finished mucking and gutting the house as well as mold suppression that was also the guy's first time. They picked it up fast. During that time as well a St. Bernard Project group came to live with us in our FOB and they are a fun group of girls.Spent some night just talking and others playing some games getting to know each other. Puerto Rico looks like and feels likes its going to be a great time for us.

Minus the sunburn of course.

Ciao!

 Roof repair in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier

Roof repair in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Wyatt Berrier