Sounds like an NCCC rite of passage to me! During our first 2 rounds, Maple 4 had it pretty easyhousing-wise. It's true that in Cincinnati, people shared rooms with up to 3 other people, we had 1bathroom without a shower, and there were mice–mice with gall. But on the flip side, we lived in abeautiful 176-year-old farm house, and had roosters, cows, horses and other farm buddies to hang outwith. In Vinton, we slept on campus. And since our roommates were away on projects with their teams,each person had a bedroom and bathroom to his or herself. SPOILED! 'Tis not the case now, friends.
Currently our humble abode is one room in the YMCA-run Lake Superior Village Youth and FamilyCenter. We snooze on 1-inch thick floor mats with sleeping bags, which we have to move into aseparate room in the morning because our home is also one of our work sites. And all of the what-ifs listed above apply as well. But, you know, it's actually not that bad. In fact, I consider it a badgeof honor to have this type of AmeriPad. The lack of privacy can be frustrating at times, but it'sa character-building experience; and in the end we only have to live like this for a short time. Inexchange for the cramped quarters, we travel the country and get paid to help people, so it's a fair deal.
Here's a couple photos of our set-up. This one shows the mattress pads that Gaby, Hillary and I sleepon. Mine is the one next to the foosball table.
This one shows where Drew and I store our our personal belongings in the community center'scomputer lab. His stuff is on the left under the desk. Mine is on the right. As you can see, I basicallylive out of the red AmeriCorps bag assigned to me at the beginning of the year. Above the desk areteam items such as a huge box of donated noodles and a bag filled with games like Banannagrams andJenga that we never play, except for one time when we didn't have power.
So much stuff and so little space.