Past Trip Reviews \ OG Mission Trip 2005

Wabasso, Florida

March 12 – 19, 2005

“Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”

Eighteen adults spent a beautiful week in March of 2005 working at the Dasie Hope Center in Wabasso, Florida.  The Dasie Hope Center is an after school program developed by Verna Wright in honor of her mother, Dasie Bridgewater.  From 60 to 90 children come to the center every day after school to relax, get a healthy snack, do homework, play board games, get cooking and etiquette instruction and learn computer skills.  Although the center is located in the cafeteria/activity center at an old school with plenty of land surrounding it, the facilities and property were in disrepair and overgrown, and not conducive to outdoor activity.

Led by Director of Service Ministries, Connie Gross, OG began a series of projects to create an outdoor recreation center for the children.  One team cleared the overgrown black top surface and then resurfaced it; then put in basketball poles and backstops.  Lines were laid out and benches  installed, with the end result being a new basketball court where the children can play and exercise.  Another team began assembly of a commercial playground including two swing sets, a fitness center and a freestanding structure consisting of a slide and climbing wall.  Near the end of the week the group spruced up an existing baseball field, built wooden picnic benches and landscaped the front and back of the building.

Throughout the week, members of OG bonded with the children of the center after school by working on craft projects and reading together and helping with homework.  On the final day, the group had a celebration dinner with the children and volunteers of the center and all enjoyed playing outside and using the recreation center’s new facilities.

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