Q:What if I’ve never done anything like this before and don’t know anyone else going on the trip?
A: A typical Solid Rock Carpenters team is ½ rookies (first time participants), several professional carpenters or tradespeople, women, students, people from all sorts of professions or trades, parents with their children. We come in all shapes, sizes and ages. One of the most frequent post-trip comments people make is that they were so amazed at how quickly people came together and worked well together and made new friends. There is always a tremendous spirit of camaraderie on a Solid Rock Carpenters team. It might stretch you a bit out of your comfort zone, but you’ll be glad you did it. See the comments and testimonials from people who have been on Solid Rock Carpenters trip.
Q: What kind of sleeping accomodations are there for the workers?
A:Our accomodations have varied, depending on the actual location of trip. For many trips we have been welcomed by nearby churches, sleeping comfortably in their buildings. Some locations have actual bunkhouses for our use.. Here is an example of what you can expect in Bogalusa, LA….
Q: What about food?
A:We eat well. Breakfast and dinner are provided at the H4H lodge and we take turns helping in the kitchen. We prepare our own lunches and bring eat them on site.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: We will give each team member a packing list identifying clothing, bedding, personal items and basic tools to bring.
Q: Are there any age restrictions?
A: You must be at least 18 years old to operate power tools or be on a roof or ladder.
Q: Will I be asked to do a job that I’m not comfortable doing?
A: This might happen. But, we start each week talking about safety. Job site safety is our first priority. Our project fails if someone gets seriously injured. We emphasize with all team members, that if they feel uncomfortable with any assignment at any time, they are to ask for help or to be re-assigned. Safety is our first priority.
Q: How do I get to SRC Trip Locations?
A:People either drive or fly. For example, the drive is about 950 miles from Chicago and we try to help arrange car pools. Flying is usually into the New Orleans airport. We try to collect flight information from everyone so people can join together to rent cars or minivans. You pay your own travel costs.
Q: How much does it cost to go?
A:The cost varies depending on the location we serve. generally, we ask team members to pay anywhere from $50-$225 per trip to cover lodging, food and misc team expenses. In addition, we ask each team member to make a donation to the local H4H affiliate.
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