Las Cruces’ RV Care-A-Vanners painting crew


On Friday one group of RV Care-A-Vanners volunteers spread a heavy coat of primer on the walls of the Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity’s house at 647 3rd St. in Las Cruces, NM.

LasCrucesHabitat_paintingCrew-1Another team of volunteers continued tiling the floor of a second Habitat house a few miles away.

I was part of the painting crew (I’m in neon green) others include (from left) full-time RVer Steve Blythe, formerly of St. Louis, MO; extended timers Barb and Mike Oliver, of Grand Junction, CO; and fulltimer David Draves, formerly of Carbondale, CO.

All of the painting crew members have been volunteering with Habitat’s RV Care-A-Vanners for years.

Blythe spends almost six months a year with the Mesilla Valley Habitat living in his class C motorhome. The Olivers have been pulling their 5th wheel trailer to Las Cruces for about 10 years. (This year they came with a brand new 5th wheel.) Draves, and his wife, Roxanne, are veteran RV Care-A-Vanners, traveling in their class A motor coach.

It was an honor to work with such an experienced crew; and, a group of folks that can have a lot of fun while working hard.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: RV Care-A-Vanners painting on Mesilla Valley Habitat’s 7th Street House. From left, standing: Steve Blythe, Barb Oliver, Mike Oliver and David Draves. Seated: Julianne G. Crane

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