Father and son repair homes, restore hope


July 09, 2002|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN 15-year-old Sam Shull heard the Rev. Jon Fregger talk about his experiences at summer church work camps, he decided to take part in this summer's trip, sponsored by the pastor's Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton.

When Sam mentioned the trip to his father, Roger Shull, the response was more than just approval. "He wanted to go to have the experience, too," Sam said.

Last week, father and son stood before their congregation to report on their mission week at Cabell-Lincoln Work Camp in West Virginia. The camp, organized by the Rev. Bob Bondurant and supported by the volunteers from Presbyterian churches in Cabell and Lincoln counties, reaches out to the poor and elderly who are in need of home repair.

About 200 people from churches around the East Coast gathered to repair roofs, floors and porches, paint, build additions, strengthen underpinnings and make electrical and plumbing repairs.

Sam and his father had already gained experience with this kind of work while working together on Habitat for Humanity projects. But the work camp was special, they said.

For a week, Sam and his crew worked at the home of an elderly woman who lives alone and whose house was in dire need of repairs. They fixed her porch, installed drywall, painted her living room and paneled her bathroom. The woman was appreciative and nice, said Sam, and throughout the week she told stories about West Virginia over the years.

Sam said he enjoyed working with people from many different places and found satisfaction in "working on someone's house who really needed some help." Next year, he plans to join the work camp again. He hopes to work at the same house, making the woman's home stronger and better.

Roger Shull worked with a different crew, replacing a roof and installing a ceiling on another home in the area. An electrical engineer, he didn't have a lot of roofing experience. But he said he was impressed by the guidance given him by the professional roofer and was touched by the generosity of local volunteers who housed, fed and supported the workers. He also plans to return to work camp.

Of the woman whose house he repaired, Roger Shull said: "She never thought anyone cared about her. As much as we gave people a warm, safe place to live, the most important thing was to give people hope."

Joining the Shulls on the mission was 14-year-old Aaron Sussman. Aaron's crew painted, installed windows and repaired the roof in the home of another elderly woman. Aaron enjoyed meeting the other volunteers. "It's a great experience to help people who are needy - who are old, poor or unable to care for their homes," he said.

On with the show

The Talent Machine Company's summer season will open Friday evening in Key Auditorium at St. John's College in Annapolis with a performance of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. The show features a talented cast of 50 local performers ages 7 to 14. Taylor Rector, a 12-year-old Annapolitan, will play the role of Annie. Matt Keffer, 14, of Crofton will play her handsome and arrogant boyfriend. Popular songs in this musical include "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do."

The show will through July 28. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10.

Information: 410-956-0512 or www.talentmachine.com.

Crofton Toastmasters

The Crofton Chesapeake Toastmasters recently elected new officers for the coming year. Leading the local club will be President Tom McCabe, Vice Presidents Laura Cimino and Mickey Burlison, Secretary-Treasurer Jean Dalton, Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Alford and immediate past president Dan McClanahan.

The local group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. This week's meeting is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Crofton Town Hall.

Information: 410-721-0595 or 301-621-7302.

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