The Cabin is truly a place that brings people together and where joy is experienced - even when the work is hard. The Cabin has always been a destination for people to travel to, but even more important are the shared experiences that occur during the journey to get there.
A group of ambitious volunteers did something incredible for The Cabin this past May by hauling up new replacement doors, a window and propane cylinders for The Cabin. The new window will be used to replace the original one in the western wall from more than 30 years ago that is leaking and has a rotted sill. The new storm door will replace the current one that was damaged in a wind storm this past winter. A second door that was carried up is one of the primary components that will allow for us to begin buildout of a new emergency shelter nearby The Cabin.
The most amazing highlight for me about this weekend were the people who came to help, some of whom had never been to The Cabin before. They included folks from the local community as well as a few who made the 4-hour drive to East Haven. When we were planning this work trip earlier in the week, it was clear many of our core volunteers wouldn’t be available. In meeting numerous locals over the years, many have offered me phone numbers to call if we ever needed the help. A chance call to members of the local mountain bike club surprised us. That Saturday when our original four-member team of volunteers arrived at the trailhead, seven of the locals were there to offer their help – which was sorely needed and greatly appreciated!
Our group of 11 volunteers worked in teams to carry the heaviest objects using a "stretcher" type method, and we made sure the teams always had people resting so new strength could swap in and out as hands, arms and leg muscles got tired. What a beautiful life lesson and reminder how we need each other and that we’re not meant to do it all alone.
We are very grateful to the people who raised their hands to tell us, "we will help!"
As you go about your day or week or even plan your next adventure - I hope you can experience the joy of a shared accomplishment. If not, we invite you to join us to do so at The Cabin!