Service that Rocks the Soul: My Plumber San Diego’s Owner Builds Homes for Those in Need
San Diego, Ca. Release Date: November 16, 2007
In his youth, Italian transplant Franco Testa would have been stunned if you had told him that one day he would spend a weekend in a Mexican village building a home for a family in need. Even today, Mr. Testa is astounded that he considers that weekend one of the most profound experiences of his life.
With his partners from Virginia, Mr. Testa owns and operates My Plumber San Diego, Ltd., a successful plumbing firm. He takes great pride in the fact that giving back to the community is a well-established tradition at My Plumber. So when Canyon Hills Christian Church and Baja Christian Ministries offered Mr. Testa, his daughter Imma, and Office Manager Bill Brown the opportunity to travel to Mexico to replace a plywood shack with a sturdy, small house, they jumped at the chance.
Mr. Testa expected to work hard all weekend. He expected to feel good about what he was doing. But never in a million years did he expect to feel the depth of satisfaction and gratitude he experienced.
“It touched me so deeply that I find it difficult to talk about,” Mr. Testa said recently. “It is even better that I could share this with my daughter, Imma. She bonded so deeply with one little girl that the separation was tough on both of them when we came home. Yet she knew that she was leaving her with a warm, dry home for the first time in her life, so Imma experienced her own level of satisfaction.”
Over the course of one weekend, the crews working under Baja Christian Ministries built homes for five families. Participants in the home-building trips seek out sponsors to cover the cost of materials for the houses they build.