The ROC Wall

 Cole, Anderson, Nick, Sena, Paul and dan building the wall

Cole, Anderson, Nick, Sena, Paul and dan building the wall

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget”

Joy and enthusiasm filled the room with activity as the men
used their skills to build a unique wall. Using a model designed
by ROC volunteer Paul, residents from Gallatin County Re-entry
Program built a sixteen-foot-long partition, with four by eight
hinged sections, allowing the wall to collapse like an accordion.

 Minature prototype desigined by Paul

Minature prototype desigined by Paul

The morning began with five men who didn’t know how or if
they could work with each other. When the task began Paul
showed the model and how the partition needed to be built so it
could divide the space into two designated work areas.

You could see the wheels turning while the older men were
teaching the younger ones how to use the tools that would lead
to success. The youngest team member discovered a time-
saving process that he shared with the others.

 Nick and Sena making the wall frame

Nick and Sena making the wall frame

As the morning went on, the personalities began to emerge
and cohesive teams soon formed. The men brought unique skills
and abilities that allowed the wall to be built in just three hours.
Start to finish the work was of the highest quality. They were
proud of their completed work project.

 The completed wall with Cole, dan, anderson, sena, nick, and paul

The completed wall with Cole, dan, anderson, sena, nick, and paul

The enthusiasm that developed by working as a team was
valuable and caused the men to ask if they return. As they said,
“this is not just community service, it is a chance to do good for
others”.

Kathryn Piller