Kingdom Hall remodeled in just days
More than 200 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Northern California and Nevada remodeled the La Barr Meadows Kingdom Hall, finishing a project that would normally take months in a matter of days.
Crews were organized by trade with specific times scheduled for each task to start and finish. Many worked around the clock to complete their phase in time for the next one to begin.
The Nevada County Building Department provided assistance in scheduling inspections to keep the project on track.
Workers gutted the building on Aug. 20, and work was completed by Aug. 31. Construction included relocating bathrooms, installing a new heating and air conditioning system, a new stage, library rooms, suspended ceiling, rock fascia, covered carport entry, paint, carpet, tile, seating and decorative items.
Many volunteers gave up days of work to participate.
“I’d rather be doing this than my regular work anytime,” said Caesar Pulido, one of the volunteers from Nevada County. He and wife Jocelyn spent their fourth wedding anniversary on the construction site working with the sheetrock and other crews.
The couple has shared in dozens of such projects, and have spent weeks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina volunteering to rebuild homes and Kingdom Halls there.
“In many ways, this weekend’s remodel project followed the same organized pattern that we used in Louisiana,” Pulido said. “We worked from sun-up to sun-down and beyond for two solid weeks without a break. We were exhausted, but we really didn’t want to leave.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses have organized Regional Building Committees around the country along with relief committees to oversee this type of project. Each committee maintains lists of volunteers, organizes each project and moves onto the site to coordinate construction.
Mobile facilities include construction offices, heavy equipment and safety equipment.
Brand new buildings are usually completed in one three- to four-day stretch. Remodels take about a week longer to allow for de-construction prior to the construction weekend.
Sunday meetings are held in the building at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. All in the community are welcome to attend. No donations are ever solicited or expected from any visitors.
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