Volunteers join sisters, employees in construction work

December 4, 2009 by

Sister Esther Pineda helped organize the volunteer effort at the new Neighbor to Neighbor center, and then joined the workers in putting in insulation throughout the East Sixth Street building.

Sister Esther Pineda helped organize the volunteer effort at the new Neighbor to Neighbor center, and then joined the workers in putting in insulation throughout the East Sixth Street building.


Jamie Stein was one of several volunteers from Salina who spent three days this work working at the new Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia.

Jamie Stein was one of several volunteers from Salina who spent three days this week working at the new Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia.

A volunteer work crew converged on the Neighbor to Neighbor center this week, continuing the renovation of the 122-year-old downtown Concordia building.


The big jobs Thursday, today and Saturday are placing insulation in the newly reframed walls and then putting up sheetirock throughout the two-story structure at 103 E. Sixth St.


Volunteers from Salina — including Al Gerstner, Janie Stein, Sister Lucille Herman, Marty Bates, Ralph Kresin and SIster Esther Pineda — worked with maintenance employees from the Nazareth Motherhouse who have done the bulk of the renovation work so far. And there is a lot of renovation required: The structure was built in 1888 and had been remodeled numerous times over the years. But for this project, the interior has been gutted to remove those later add-ons and to modernize plumbing, wiring, heating, cooling and all other functional aspects of the building.


With the new interior framing completed by Motherhouse employees, the volunteers are spending three days getting the interior ready for the next steps — painting, flooring and finishing.

The hope is to have the new center open in early February.

When it opens, Neighbor to Neighbor will provide a wide range of programs and services — and a place just to get to know each other — for women and women with young children. Three Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia — Pat McLennon, Jean Befort and Ramona Medina — will operate the center and design the programs offered there.

Marty Bates of Salina installs sheetrock on the ceiling of the newly framed hallway of the building at 103 E. Sixth St. in Concordia.

Marty Bates of Salina installs sheetrock on the ceiling of the newly framed hallway of the building at 103 E. Sixth St. in Concordia.


Sisters Pat McLennon, from left, Lucille Herman and Ramona Medina take a quick break to organize the continuing work Friday morning.

Sisters Pat McLennon, from left, Lucille Herman and Ramona Medina take a quick break to organize the continuing work Friday morning.


Sister Cecelia Green, on ladder, measures for insulation while Sister Ramona Medina gets ready to cut.

Sister Cecelia Green, on ladder, measures for insulation while Sister Ramona Medina gets ready to cut.


Sister Esther Pineda, from left, Sister Jean Befort and Janie Stein get ready to begin insulating the newly reframed second floor of the 122-year-old building.

Sister Esther Pineda, from left, Sister Jean Befort and Janie Stein get ready to begin insulating the newly reframed second floor of the 122-year-old building.


Sister Lucille Herman of Salina peeks through the 2x4 framing as she prepares to finish filling it with insulation.

Sister Lucille Herman of Salina peeks through the 2x4 framing as she prepares to finish filling it with insulation.


Amid the construction equipment and supplies that clutter every available space on both floors, Sister Julie Christensen, upper left, remains masked as she takes a momentary break from stapling in insulation.

Amid the construction equipment and supplies that clutter every available space on both floors, Sister Julie Christensen, upper left, remains masked as she takes a momentary break from stapling in insulation.

Comments

5 Responses to “Volunteers join sisters, employees in construction work”

  1. Christine Doman,CSJ on December 7th, 2009 10:41 pm

    Great job volunteers from Salina. Your skills and energy are to be admired! Thanks for your generous service of talents to a task well done!
    Blessings,
    Christine

  2. Sr. Beth Stover Class of '64 on December 7th, 2009 9:05 am

    Thank you, thank you, for all your energy and effort! Even though Sr. Esther showed me where NOT to put staples from the staple gun (in her hand), construction is not my best gift!!!!
    Sr. Beth

  3. Loretta A. Jasper on December 5th, 2009 9:48 pm

    I would have loved being able to join you alums of New Orleans with N2N. Next time, perhaps!

  4. Jodi Creten, CSJ on December 4th, 2009 8:58 pm

    Many hands make lighter work! Wish we could have joined the crew. That insulating was familiar to what we did in N.O. Brought back good memories of community working together.

  5. Anne M. Reinert on December 4th, 2009 5:12 pm

    S.Susan Kongs says I admire your generosity, and will keep you all in prayer for success in your work

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