The teens also do the strenuous construction work alongside the adults. Mason Meister, Steve's grandson and one of the four teens enjoyed, "helping someone that was in need," he said.
As chaperone, Steve worked to help guide the kids along the construction work and building process, as well as primarily making sure they were safe and staying on task as well.
"Most times, you're working on a project and rehabbing an older home," Steve said. "A lot of it is working with youth and teaching them how to do construction."
The team worked most of each day, with perhaps an hour of free time in the evening. Starting in the morning with some announcements, devotions and breakfast, the group would gather their supplies needed and then set out for the day to work.
"It is an extremely exhausting week but it is totally rewarding," said Theresa Whitney, a Plainfield resident and Grace United Methodist Church member who also went on the trip.
For Grace United Methodist Church, they don't only build homes for the poor on this trip; they build relationships and bonds.
When working on the project and house, building a relationship with the families is a very important part of their role there. As the week goes on, it is a prime time where bonds are formed with the team and the homeowners themselves.
"It is more of a relationship with construction on the side," Steve said. "It is 80% working with the family and 20% construction."
The woman the team did work for this summer opened her home to them with open arms and was so thankful the group from Illinois were there to do work on her home.