PARSHALL Destiny, Annette, Tatyana, Ree and Autumn Fox love the new bathtub in their house.
They had only a shower until a few days ago and the younger girls were taking baths in a Rubbermaid storage box, said their mother Robin Fox.
"It's cool," said Destiny, when asked about the new tub.
Dave and Robin Fox’s house in Parshall underwent a makeover this week. From the left are: Benjamin Hamilton, site manager for Camp of the Cross’ Dreamcatchers program; Robin Fox; and Bryan Quigley, director of Mountrail County Social Services. The Fox girls are, front, from the left, Annette “Precious,” 5, Autumn “Bootz”, 18 months, Tatyana “Tatertot,” 5, holding their new dog Sundance, Destiny, 8, and Ree, “Sissy,” 3 (in front of Destiny). In back of them are work crews , including Dave Fox (on roof in white shirt) and the Rev. Charles Galloway of Ryder (on left side of roof).
From the left, Lexie Evenson, Nicole Paetz and Angie Nielsen, all of Stanley, paint the Fox house in Parshall Wednesday.
Through Dreamcatchers, an off-site program of Camp of the Cross Ministries near Garrison, a group of campers junior high confirmation youth from Prairie Lutheran Parish along with Camp of the Cross college counselors and other volunteers spent the week restoring Dave and Robin Fox's home. The parish is comprised of Stanley, Ross, Palermo and Knife River churches.
The program partners with Bryan Quigley, director of Mountrail County Social Services in Stanley. Quigley selects the homes on the Fort Berthold Reservation to be restored. He also helps with the restoration work.
Robin Fox said when they learned they were selected for the Dreamcatchers program for a home makeover, all that they wanted was a fence and the kids wanted a bathtub because they just had a corner shower. But after Quigley did a walk-through in the house, she said it was clear much more was going to be done. She said her family then spent the summer getting ready for the volunteers.
At the Fox house Monday, campers, college counselors and other volunteers from area churches rolled up their sleeves and went to work ripping off old shingles to get ready for new roofing, painting the exterior of the house and garage and other work. The family also got a new bathroom as part of the project.
Camp of the Cross staff Rev. Janis Sloka III, executive director; Benjamin Hamilton, site manager; and Brandon Boyd, summer program director; coordinate the Dreamcatchers program. The program is financed by local congregations and businesses along with the campers' registration fees.
Quigley said they apply for different programs to help with the costs, such as the weatherization program and tribal programs.
The Fox family paid around $4,000 for materials, including the new roofing and shutters, for the house.
Family members also are helping with the project, including the girls with their new dog, 11-week-old Sundance. On Tuesday afternoon, Dave Fox was on the roof pulling shingles with the volunteers.
Boyd said Tuesday that the work was going "pretty well." He said it was "awesome" to see the progress of the project. "It's a lot of work but good to see and the kids are excited," he said.
The Rev. Charles Galloway, a Lutheran minister from Ryder, also was helping tear off the old shingles on the Fox's two-story house. Quigley said Galloway has helped with the program every year. Galloway is on the Camp of the Cross board.
Lance and Terri Ostdahl, of Palermo, were among the volunteers. They heard about the project and offered to help, Robin Fox said.
This summer's theme of Camp of the Cross is "Guardians," taught through Bible study and service. The camp is owned and operated by a constituency of 72 congregations.
The Dreamcatchers program also gives campers a chance to experience American Indian culture. Keith Bear, a flutist and storyteller from New Town, gave a presentation Monday evening at Parshall Lutheran church.
Kelsey Mandan, of Mandaree, who is an art student at North Dakota State University, Fargo, gave the group a presentation on hide painting Tuesday night at the Three Tribes Museum near New Town.
Marilyn Hudson, museum administrator, said the group divided into two groups and each group did a painting on "hide," using a cloth similar to hide. "They used acrylic paint and learned how to mix colors and use symbols in storytelling," she said.
On Thursday night, a picnic/feed was planned by the Fox family to thank Mountrail County Social Services, the campers and staff and other volunteers including construction crew who volunteered their time to the project. The Fox girls planned to display their powwow dancing talents at the picnic.
"They've been practicing," Robin Fox said. She said the girls were also planning to sing some songs.
This week, Dreamcatchers program also worked on two other houses in Parshall.
Next week, campers who are senior high students from two Lutheran youth groups in Minnesota will work on three houses in New Town.
"We're very lucky. We're so happy that this is going on. We never could have done this," Robin Fox said Tuesday afternoon, as the sound of hammers could be heard in the background.
By the end of this summer, Quigley said Dreamcatchers will have restored about 30 houses on Fort Berthold Reservation.