Photo courtesy of Lindsey Schlarf.

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Schlarf.

On Saturday March 28th, a team from Crossfit Firebase in Orlando came out to lend a helping hand in the demo for the upcoming renovation of our group home. Firebase is owned and operated by Danny and Raquel. Firebase believes in giving back to the community and helping those in need by being involved in missional-minded activities like this. On Friday March 27th, the fifth and final workout of the 2015 Crossfit Open (a worldwide crossfit competition, open to anyone who does crossfit) was posted. For the last four years, on the Saturday following the final Crossfit Open workout, Firebase has hosted a party to celebrate their members who participated in the Crossfit Open. This year, they celebrated the Firebase community by helping one of their own (Eli Westfall is a member). This makes total sense for Firebase as Danny and Raquel love only one thing more than crossfit… Jesus. Firebase and its community involvement activities, like participating in Grace Landing’s work day for the group home renovation, are born out their desire to share the Gospel of Christ and make him known to the world. Grace Landing gives a huge thank you to the Firebase family for partnering with us to serve foster youth.

Twelve people from Firebase came out to help us demo the kitchen, the carpet in two bedrooms, vanities in two bathrooms, clean up trash from the backyard and remove a section of fence. This work day was critical to prepare the group home for the local companies who have committed to donating time and resources to renovate our group home. We completed almost all the tasks we hoped to accomplish on this day to prepare the home for the renovations.

We have another work weekend scheduled for April 16th, 17th and 18th to prep and paint the whole home, inside and out. We are taking commitments from teams now for a four hour block of time on any of those three days. If you would like to bring a team, or come by yourself, please let Eli know by emailing him at eliw@gracelanding.com and he will put you on the schedule.

Additionally, we still need many items for the group home to be ready to open. Here is a list of the items we still need for the group home. If you are able to commit to any of these items, please let Eli know by emailing him at eliw@gracelanding.com. We greatly appreciate your partnership with Grace Landing! Without partners like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve the foster youth in central Florida!