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The CDBG project got bid out!  We have a project, folks.  Yay!  This particular contractor has done these types of projects before where the funding is divided between state and federal monies; no education necessary.  What a blessing. The general contractor would like to complete the entire project – both the shelter/office and the apartments – in 7 months, which puts final walk-thru around the beginning of 2014.  When I heard that deadline, I almost hooted aloud.  But I kept my hoots to myself.  That is a very aggressive timeline.  They aren’t messing around.  The budget is small, so in a commercial sense, it is smart to get ‘er done.  Here’s praying for no more delays.

I met with my boss today.  We sat down to discuss what exactly my job is going to be.  She is amazing.  She has prayed her way through this thing  for the last 5 years and it is finally looking like it’s coming to fruition.  Miracle after miracle has occurred on this job.  She’s kept track.  God is in this new shelter and low-rent apartments capital project.  No question.

I need to reread the manual, all 6″ of it.  Hallelujah!  Bring on the iced coffee.  I need to be onsite every day the first week.  I need to be an expert in all things CDBG-related, our source of federal funding.  I also get to help track the budget.  So, in a sense, what we used to call Project Controls at IDC.  Where did the money go?  What’s left?

I’m getting excited to be a part of this.  It’s great to be a small part of taking care of the “least of these”, according to Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats (Matt. 25:31-46):

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Of course, at this point, I’m not taking people into my home, but we’re making a temporary home for them.  They will learn basic life skills staying there.  Mason County needs this shelter.  We need to take care of people and help them transition to a better life.  Bring it!