Flower City Work Camp 2014 Picture History

Thank you to those who have financially supported this project and who have prayed for the safety of our volunteer workers.

This page provides a running history of the Home repair project in which the Flower City Work Camp and the Rochester Connection partnered to replace an aging roof and a much needed bath tub.

Click on a picture to see an enlarged view and then use your browser’s Back Arrow to return to site.

Before Pictures: The Roof 

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Before picture: The old fiberglass bath tub: (Note major crack in base)

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Day #1 April 14, 2014

Click to see Day #1 Videos:  First    Second

FCWC’s “Site 9” students arrived amid threatening rain and started on the west side of the roof. See all student’s names and the churches they represent at the bottom of this page.

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View of what lined the corner of Weeger and Thomas street

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Day #2:  April 15, 2014

[Below] Snow and c-o-l-d halted the roof work at this point this morning.

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[Below] A new challenge–with snow melt off and more heavy rains the sewer line has backed up into the basement! We hope to get a “volunteer” licensed plumber to check out options for us. Yes, that is 2-5 inches of contaminated rain water in the basement.  Reminds me of a church we remodeled a couple of years back 😦

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[Below]  With bad weather outside the work moved inside. Old fiberglass tub was removed (right). New porcelain covered steel tub being installed.

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Below: View from back. Old shingles still in place.


With good weather,  the Team hopes to remove the old roofing and apply the new decking  on Wednesday–the last day the high school students will be available.

Thanks for your prayers for dry weather and safety for all on the roof.

Day #3:  April 16, 2014

This is the last day the FCWC Team will be here. Rochester Connection volunteers will then finish the work along with Dick Herman and Herman Construction CO.

If you have a home improvement project to contract out, I strongly recommend you contact Dick and let him give you a fair and honest bid on your next job.

Ph: 585.255.0902 /email: cherman1@rochester.rr.com

Compare to the last picture on Day #2 Above. Starting with the original wood shingles there were at some 6 layers of old shingles on this roof.


The new bath tub and five side panels installed

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Tearing the old shingles off on the east side begins.

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The FCWC Teens and Leaders eating lunch

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Click to see Day 3 Videos:  First    Second    Third

 Click to see the Certificate of Appreciation given to each student volunteer

Day #4 (Post FCWC Team)

Closing in on “done.” The new “team” of David McKnight, Ron Gilliam, (me) Brian, joined Dick Herman and Tim to continue the work begun by the FCWC high school team.

Ron, Tim, and Dick removed the old shingles and hammered in or removed countless hundreds of nails from the east side, then applied new decking and got a start of the new shingles.

Click to see Day 4 Videos:  First    Second   Third

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David McKnight                                                   Ron Gilliam

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The garbage “claws” arrived

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David took my picture 🙂

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Roof sealed in at the close of Day 4


Day #5 (Good Friday)

The final day.

Chris, a member of Dick Herman’s summer work crew, join us for part of the day and made quick work of shingling most of the main roof on the east side. I (Brian) focused on the inside–adding an extension PVC pipe to the flush out in the basement and adding a screw down cap to close off what was just a broken, open-ended 3″ pipe. Then it was on to the bathroom project. Dick and the FCWC team had installed the new steel tub and side panels, I spent the afternoon caulking the seams, and then cutting and fitting molding around the tub, partition walls, and sink. Dick and Tim finished up the roof and installed the ridge vent, and gutters. David McKnight and I did some major cleanup of the remaining roof debris along Thomas and Weeger street as the “claw” and garbage truck returned.

Five very full days culminated three years of praying and planning for this project.

A major “Thank You” goes out to the following students who worked on this project team:

  • Brian Kwok: Rochester Christian Chinese Church
  • Amanda Redman: Lima Baptist
  • Nathan Zariczny: Browncroft
  • Abby Ruth: Browncroft
  • Adrianus Veenje: Rochester Christian Reformed
  • Isabel Morse: Lima Baptist
  • Jane Griepp: Calvary Chapel Rochester
  • Elizabeth Haltiner: Perinton Community
  • Micah Harrow: Covenant Life

A special appreciation and gratitude goes to the Herman Construction Company:

  • Dick Herman
  • Tim
  • Chris

A couple of Rochester Connection volunteers:

  • David McKnight
  • Ron Gilliam
  • Yours truly: Brian

And the Flower City Work Camp organization.


Chris Joined us.                                                    Dick and Tim finish work

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What a Ridge Vent looks like                            East side finished!

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West side finished!                                              Flush out PVC pipe extended and capped

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Molding cut and installed                                   New Tub finished and new seat assembled

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Dick Herman and our gracious home owner Mrs. Annie Z. Harris


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