AB&I's Carlos Gonzalez and Zeydi Gutierrez Participate in Hands of Mercy Project
December 8, 2014
We were proud to learn that AB&I team members Carlos Gonzalez and Zeydi Gutierrez just returned from a trip to Mexico where they helped the Hands of Mercy build a new loft house. The loft houses are prefabricated in the U.S. and assembled in Mexico in just one day. Though not luxurious by any definition, a loft house gives some basic protection and shelter from the elements. The loft houses are 12’ by 12’ and have 4 windows, a lockable door and a second story attic loft for sleeping that can be reached by an interior stair system.
Zeydi and Carlos flew to San Diego and the group drove in three SUV's to the campsite by Ensenada. It is called "Rancho Casitas" in San Carlos. The next day they drove to San Miguel about and hour and a half away where the house was to be assembled.
This year the loft house was awarded to a single mom (Angel) and her 7 year old son (Dulce). Dulce works in the fields picking green onions nine months out of the year and then at a hunting club in the off season where she works in the kitchen. There were 16 workers in the group ranging in ages from 16 to 60+ years old. The group was divided into three crews: roof, painting and the assembling of the base, walls, roof, etc. Carlos worked on making the openings for the windows, putting the windows up and assembling the home. “He did a spectacular job!” Zeydi said. “I constantly heard questions like ‘Carlos, can you cut this,’ ‘Carlos can you do that’ or ‘Where is Carlos’.” Zeydi was quick to point out that Carlos used his safety glasses when performing work that required them, and they are happy to report that there were no injuries!
Zeydi was on the paint crew and she even tried her hand at helping with the roof. She also served as a translator and helped out at lunch time. There is no electricity where the house is, but there now at least is water.
They met an amazing group of people that taught them a lot about giving and about humility. Zeydi said, “I think the misconception is that we are going to help people in Mexico, when in reality, the ones that we are helping is ourselves. We came back with grateful hearts and thanking AB&I for sponsoring us to do this type of community work.”