The Colony Courier-Leader
Chris Roark, croark@starlocalmedia.com

Members of the Cities by the Lake Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League put down new flooring for the Metro Relief office in The Colony.
Chris Roark/staff photo

Putting down flooring wasn’t exactly the way a group of local teenagers thought they would be spending their free time the last few weeks.

But sometimes organizations that help people need a little help themselves.

Members of the Cities by the Lake chapter of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) based in The Colony recently completed their Ultimate Gift Project, an event in which high school boys and their mothers team up for a large-scale community service project.

The Cities by the Lake chapter includes boys from The Colony as well as Coppell.

Those who participate in YMSL can participate in several projects throughout the year, but the Ultimate Gift project is a requirement for all YMSL members. Susan McCollom, one of the participating mothers, said there are 156 members in the chapter and nearly everyone participated in this year’s project, which was restoring the Metro Relief building in The Colony.

Metro Relief provides food for the hungry and establishes relationships with those in need. Once a month volunteers take buses down to Dallas to feed the homeless.

The building is also used for nighttime support group meetings, such as Homeward Bound, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Among the tasks was ripping up the facility’s carpet, scraping off the glue and laying vinyl plank flooring.

“We needed something waterproof because people come in and out of the ministry,” said Logan Tate, expansion director at Metro Relief. “When it rains and when you have so many people in here, it started to get bad.”

The group also redid the baseboard, cleaned the facility’s kitchen, washed the walls, deep cleaned the building and detailed the buses.

The students said they enjoyed helping Metro Relief because of what the organization does for other people.

“It’s great how they give back,” said Dylan Post, a senior at The Colony High School. “When we went out on the bus we saw how many people need food. It was real eye opening.”

Students said it worked out that Metro Relief is already an organization the chapter works with.

“Serving here is fun because it’s a great environment, and they have a heart for what they’re doing,” said Hayden Schaum, a senior at The Colony High School.  

The students said there was a lot to learn.

“The most challenging part was getting all the wedges out,” Schaum said. “Everything has to be precise so there are no faults.”

Post said he enjoyed putting the flooring in place.

“I had never done that, but it was fun to learn,” Post said.

Last year the chapter beautified the exterior of the city’s senior center, including re-bricking the patio and restoring the flower bed.  

Tate said he wasn’t sure how this project would turn out but said he is happy with the job the group did.

“You never know what kind of work ethic kids are going to have,” Tate said. “But everyone was asked what they could do next. They were a pleasure to work with, and if I were their parent, I’d be proud.”