After a couple of days “shadowing” other volunteers, we have now completed 2+ cycles of 2 days ON and 1 day OFF. The other 2 teams of volunteers are experienced, having worked here in the past as well as during last month.
The first day of our cycle starts with opening the building (lights ON and doors unlocked) and ends with closing the building 14 hours later. In between we answer phones and get the count of meals the kitchen staff needs to provide. All residents can get around on their own and are expected to contact us by 10AM with their needs for meals. If they don’t call us, we call them. Here is a typical meal-time scene:
The second day of the cycle has us driving residents to shopping, hairdressers, or doctors as needed. The CARE Center provides a small fleet of vehicles for these trips.
The third day we have off for laundry, sightseeing, or other personal activities. Bob has taken the hydraulic cylinders off of our HydraLift and UPS’ed them back to California to be rebuilt. We found a UPS Store in nearby Conroe and later went sightseeing in The Woodlands, a planned community this side of Houston. We thought about going into Houston to play like tourists, but there still might be too much Super Bowl traffic for awhile; we will go there later in the month.
The weather has been great lately: lows in the 60s and highs in the 80’s, plus we’ve had some great sunsets: