Some permanent members and friends of Heart’s Home volunteer to build by their own a house in the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC). Thomas Billot, a member of the Molokai Fraternity, tells us about his experience.
We are four, working on two structures, one will be an office and a studio, while the other will have rooms, living-room, kitchen and chapel. In the office the step was to install electricity and put all the plugs and switchers in, ready for the inspection. I was working on it with Paul Walter, our manager.
The main building now has five more windows giving us a nice view of the woods, including the deers walking by. There are three windows for the chapel, one for the living room and one in front of the stairs on the first floor. Indeed, when the sun is rising, these openings give an amazing highlight on the house’s structure. Most of the house is built with pure wood like red cedar, douglas making and so on.
Furthermore, we have raised a huge beam in the dining room for making a new conference room above it. Rolando, our german friend, who came to the ICCC after his mission in Argentina with Hearth’s Home, has done great work building the ceiling of this room.
The big job for us now is to get money in order to finish the smaller building before the summer, to be able to house more volunteers during that period. We have installed ledgers and rafters in both the houses. Thankfully, they are in red cedar which means that they are resistant against rain and snow.
Indeed, despite that we are humble workers, to welcome people from New-York (friends and retreatants) for “recharging their batteries”, and getting inspiration for their work, is a strong motivation for carrying on our work. Personally, this is my first experience in construction work. Before coming to help I was studying philosophy. Using a hammer was really the most I knew in terms of manual experience. From a simple human aspect it seems completely unbelievable to be only four workers full time on this project. But through the grace of the ICCC, it means being surprised by one’s own skill to make something that was unimaginable before. However, all will depend on the inspector for my becoming (or not) a real American electrician! I’ll let you know. Anyway we are still waiting for more financial, spiritual, and... physical help!
For further information or to volunteer, please contact Sr Blandine, Secretary of Heart’s Home USA .