After floods and disaster hit in Wimberley and surrounding area near Austin, upper management at Summit Stoneworks knew they needed to act quickly. They partnered with Americorps & Texas Conservation Corp and & Cypress Creek Church and have begun serving the community in Wimberely two times a week. Every week for 6 weeks (or longer if needed) Summit plans to send a team of 3-5 employees at a time to help with the clean up process. After the first couple of service trips to Wimberley, I (Bekah Self, Marketing Manager) interviewed one of the employees, Nick Jensen to better understand what it was like in Wimberley.
Me: "Tell me what happened when you arrived in Wimberley"
Nick: " We arrived in Wimberley at 8am and everything was clearly marked...where to sign up, where to go next, and who was leading us. There were even arrows pointing us where to go, and supplies/snacks/bug sprays/tools etc. to prep us for the day of serving."
Me: "Describe your actual work site."
Nick: "Our site was 22 minutes from the Resource Center - and right at the end of a road that butted up to the river. The home we worked on had 5’ of water in it - it was in ruin - and most of my and Jitter (a fellow Summit Employee) spent most of the day tearing out paneling, drywall, insulation, and cabinetry, to air out the studs and prevent the growth of mold. Sonia was going through piles of debris for the homeowner trying to salvage any items that were salvageable and throwing any other items away. It was the hottest day of the year and we got a good sweat on! Other than the 4 of us, there was a team leader named Destiny and a total of 4 other volunteers working at this job site.
The home took on a lot of water/soot/silt/leaves etc. It was amazing to see how high the water came - the normal path of the river is about 35’ in elevation below the house - and the water came up about 40’ total. The width and size and power of that river would have been amazing to see. There were huge 600 year old trees snapped in half like a toothpick. There were mattresses in the tops of trees, metal doors bent around tree trunks, debris everywhere. It was truly sad but still awesome to see the power of the water. It really reminded me how small we are, and how big God is."
ME: "When did you leave and did you feel like you were able to add value and help?"
Nick: "Absolutely, we left service site for Summit around 1pm. It was a good time of reflection on the way back. It was a beautiful drive, and so good to see all of the community coming together in Wimberley to rebuild it to its former eclectic glory! Go get out there and serve this community, every little bit helps!"
Summit continues to send crews of 4 to help serve in Wimberley. We believe that our service to this community reflects our Vision and Mission. We have an amazing group of hard working employees and the best thing we can do is to look around and help out.
If you would like to help:
2. Courtney Cerday at Gossmrs.firstname.lastname@example.org