Recently, while working in Iowa alongside Team Rubicon & AmeriCorps NCCC we participated in a special moment. During flood cleanup of 81-year old Don Berg's home, his 61-year old military uniform was recovered among the muck. When the week of gutting & flood cleanup was complete, Don was surprised with a dry cleaned and brass polished uniform. A comforting & inspiring moment for the entire team involved and an excellent way to cap off the collaboration with our National Service friends in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
It has been a busy couple of months here at NECHAMA with deployments in Mississippi, Arkansas, Minnesota and Iowa. Our team is on their way back to Minneapolis and we need your help to ensure that we are ready when the next disaster strikes.
On a hot July morning Jim and Linda are up early, driving back to their long time home in Rock Rapids, Iowa. When they arrive, the house is quiet and the dust from the previous day’s work has settled. They take a moment to look around, to tuck away soggy photographs salvaged by careful volunteers, and then don their gloves and hard hats and start pulling out damaged sheetrock.
Since they met in 2012, Sam Janda and Dan Morrison have shared a lot of things. Assignment to the same AmeriCorps NCCC team. A road trip across the United States. And serial volunteering with NECHAMA.