People at work

Hey y’all, I’m Hailey, I am an incoming senior at Mt. Vernon High School, and this is my 4th mission trip with GCC. I’m here to let you know what all’s been going on at our site the past 2 days!! Yesterday we were just a few lots away from where we were on Monday, but we were still surveying and laying the foundation for a new house to be built. Steve (our head contractor) even let me take over the surveyor, which was quite fun. I got to crack jokes with him instead of being the one to give him a hard time. For example, Phillip, one of our other contractors, told me to call him 2 brain because, according to Phillip, Steve only has two brain cells. Then we all learned how to tie together the wiring. We also helped with the concrete being poured for the foundation of the house, and that was about it for that site! Today we were at a new site doing something different. We were carrying the trusses for the roof over to the crane, which was being operated by Phillip, then he would send it on up to the other guys on the roof, and they would nail them in! Connor, Alex and Brady even got to go up onto the roof to hammer in some beams! After our long and hot work day, we got our teams for the bake off tomorrow and figured out what each group will be making…pray for good outcomes from my team *wink wink*! I cant wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us, should be an interesting day! Thanks for everyone’s love and support back at home. Goodnight. 🙂

Love can build a bridge

Group A on day 3 had a nice change of pace after 2 days of roofing. We went up into the mountains and began replacing the porch of one of our contractor’s brothers. Tearing down the old decking was a lot of fun and didn’t take much time. Our group got to use fun power tools and sledgehammers to knock over posts. But the difficult part was putting in a new patio.

The precision and focus we had for each support beam made the process drag on. After work, both groups had a relaxing evening, with tacos for dinner and some card games to wind down in the evening. It was a great day, and it felt good to help someone who meant so much to us like the contractors.


The day started bright and early with a 6am departure time, much to the disappointment of Kyle. The task for the day included removing the old shingles from the roof and replacing them with new ones. With a day of roofing experience under our belts, we completed the task with much time to spare. After leaving the worksite, we made a stop at a gas station to pick up some drinks, including the beloved Ale8, a soft drink originally created in Kentucky. After returning to the church, the boys in the group decided to get a lift in at the local community center. Dinner was a traditional Kentucky-style meal that consisted of soup beans, cornbread, potatoes, and macaroni with tomato sauce. We finished off the night with a quick Dairy Queen blizzard stop and a few rounds of our favorite card game, Mao.

Team Roof

Hi, everyone! I’m Maddie Moore, a graduated senior from Mt. Vernon High School, and I will be attending DePauw University in the fall.

Today I was in the roof group, which was awesome!

A quick little recap of the day… we started the day way earlier than expected (6:00 AM). My group got to Freddy’s house around 7:30 am, which is a little outside of Hazard, and we worked on his roof until about 1:15 PM. We finished half of one side of the roof, and will finish the other half tomorrow. Our contractors, Mark and Kevin, were amazing to work with and were very patient with us. Some of us really stepped outside of our comfort zones while working on a hot roof, ripping off old shingles and nails, then placing brand new shingles on. Fortunately, for me, I have previous experience on a roof because I did the same thing on my last mission trip to Hazard 3 years ago. I had a lot of Deja Vu moments of ripping off shingles with Taylor Burket in Summer 2018. Miss you, T!!

Lessons that we learned today from each member of #TeamRoof…

– Me (Maddie): I can’t nail in a straight line with a nail gun

-Robbie: Brought the nutrition facts to the group

-Carly: the biggest trooper for sitting in the back seat of van on the curvy roads in the middle of nowhere

-Dominic: he is the mao master… if you know you know

-Ian: needs work on his sweeping #flicker

-Tyler: takes TEN years to climb up a ladder or climb down

-Kyle: needs to download better music for when there is no service or wifi at our worksite.

I’m very happy with our group, especially with how well we work together. I can’t wait to see what we get done tomorrow!!!

Shoutout to our awesome group leaders for making this trip happen and for making this mission trip so much fun!

Team Ditch

Hi, my name is Caroline Driskell and I was in group B. I am a graduated senior; this is my sixth mission trip with GCC and my second mission trip to Hazard. Today my group worked with the contractors to survey the lot and build the foundation for what will eventually be a new home in an area that has not had new developments for ten years. As the contractors dug out dirt to create the foundation, we helped make sure that everything was level, then we added reinforcements and helped spread concrete. One of the best parts of our day was talking to the contractors at our worksite and getting to know each other. The contractors were even nice enough to let us try using the backhoe during our down time, which almost made up for our 5:15 am wake up. All in all, we had a good first day and we feel ready to take on the rest of the week!