SCLRA and The Forgotten Enchantress
Nestled in Melbourne, Fla., along the Indian River is a beautiful Queen Anne-style historic home known as Green Gables, or the Wells House.
Originally constructed in 1896 as a winter home by William T. Wells and his wife, Nora Wells, this home has been passed down through four generations of families. The families played a key role in the development of the early Melbourne community, donated a lot of land for parks and were responsible for the construction of the first library, the first high school and the first auditorium in Melbourne. The house became abandoned in 2004 as it was severely damaged by hurricanes. The Wells family made the decision to demolish the home in 2015; however, due to efforts by local historian, John Daly, countless volunteers and county officials, the home was saved and property and building renovations began.
Green Gables was added to the US National Register of Historical Places on May 18, 2016 and members of the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association (SCLRA) have been instrumental in making repairs on the structure preventing further damage. GreenGables.org is looking to purchase this historic building and land, and they have raised over $400,000 in order to do so. The surviving Wells family has decreased their asking price to $1.2 million to help. They are currently awaiting a grant from the State of Florida to be approved to make the sale final. Once the building has been purchased, SCLRA members have committed to donate materials and labor so badly needed at this time.
Financial donations are still needed to assist the organization in reaching their financial goal so that once the sale is finalized, restoration efforts may begin. Justin Koether with Hough Roofing is the current President of SCLRA. He and many other roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors will work together to preserve this historical landmark in the Melbourne Community and would appreciate any assistance that you or your company may provide to this valid cause. You can donate online at www.greengables.org/donate.
RCASF and Make-A-Wish Foundation
Each year, the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida (RCASF) holds its annual fishing tournament in the Florida Keys, amid record-breaking participation geared for fun, fishing and charity.
Although RCASF couldn’t hold their annual fishing tournament due to COVID-19, they still succeeded in reaching their lofty goal to give back to their charities: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida and the IGFA Junior Anglers Educational Program.
“We are grateful for the support of all our sponsors, Corporate Challenge participants and auction donors and participants! With your support, we were able to donate $120,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida. This donation enables us to grant ‘wishes’ for 24 children in our community who are struggling with critical illnesses,” noted Gene Fall, Certified Roofing Specialists, Inc., Pompano Beach.
In addition, RCASF donated $17,500 to the IGFA for their “Junior Angler’s Educational Foundation” that benefits children throughout the community.
Mark your calendar for RCASF’s 42nd Annual Fishing Tournament, June 11-13, 2021 at Hawk’s Cay Resort.
Polk County Roofing Contractors Association (PCRCA)
The Polk County Roofing Contractors Association (PCRCA), an FRSA Affiliate, had not met as a group since February 2020 but, like most of us, were “itching” for something to do. The association had been wanting for some time to complete a charity roof in its area but had not found a recipient.
In May, a friend of one of its members informed the association that he had a family member in need. Michelle is an older woman on disability and her insurance company told her they were not going to renew her homeowner’s policy unless she had a new roof installed. Michelle had moved in with her aging mother a few years earlier and cared for her until she passed. The house they were living in was left to Michelle but was in much need of repair. A year later, Michelle lost her 24-year-old son and soon after suffered a heart attack. Not long after that she had to have hip replacement surgery. Michelle was a hairdresser and tried to work part time as much as her disability would allow, but that came to a screeching halt when the pandemic hit. Michelle needed help.
The PCRCA sprang into action. The house had an old three-tab shingle roof and there was a lot of deteriorated decking, rafter tails and fascia. The PCRCA decided because the roof pitch was not high enough for a dimensional shingle warranty, that it was better to install a metal roof.
A crew from McEnany Roofing’s Lake Alfred branch tore off the existing roof, replaced the damaged wood and dried the roof in with Polyglass Polystick MTS Plus donated from the Lakeland branches of ABC Supply and Suncoast Roofers Supply. Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing in Sebring donated GULFRIB metal panels and all the trim for the roof. Crews from 3 min video www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING 43 Imperial Roofing of Polk County installed the metal roof system. Because so much wood had to be replaced, a group of volunteers from Triangle Fastener, Springer-Peterson Roofing and Imperial Roofing of Polk County gave up a Saturday morning and painted the soffit and fascia.
The result is a beautiful new roof for a deserving woman who is beyond grateful. This was PCRCA’s first charity roof for an individual but, because of the heartwarming experience for all involved, you can bet it will not be its last.
ABC Supply Celebrates Homes For Our Troops’ 300th Home
Earlier this year, ABC Supply announced its multimillion-dollar commitment to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). HFOT is a nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Through its support of HFOT, ABC Supply was honored to donate materials and help the organization celebrate a big milestone: the delivery of its 300th specially adapted custom home.
The nonprofit organization donated its 300th home to US Army Sergeant Nathan Shumaker in Hillsboro, Mo. SGT Shumaker, a Purple Heart recipient, was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan.
The delivery of the home was marked with two events: Volunteer Day on Friday, September 11 – The community helped with the landscaping plan for this home by planting flowers and laying sod. This special event coincided with September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day where Americans volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals who were lost or injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, first responders and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.
Key Ceremony on Saturday, September 12 – ABC Supply escorted SGT Shumaker to his home and HFOT presented him and his family with the keys. The event included a speech, ribbon-cutting ceremony and flag raising with an ABC Supply truck.
“ABC Supply is proud to support the work Homes For Our Troops does to make a difference in the lives of veterans who have given so much for our country,” said Mike Jost, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s even more special that we were able to escort SGT Shumaker to his home for the key ceremony and personally thank him for his service.”
Helping Hands: Roofing Community Teams Up to Repair Ft. Lauderdale Home
A Ft. Lauderdale family is sleeping soundly after years of struggling. When Hurricane Irma hit South Florida in September 2017, the Walters family knew their roof was in trouble.
Annette and Clayton Walters, the unfortunate homeowners stated, “As it rained, it just got heavier and heavier, and we knew soon it (the roof) was just going to collapse. It was very bad. It started caving in.”
The roof collapsed in the bedroom. Then, mold started growing, making the family sick. “I stayed in the hospital constantly and I knew it was because of the mold. All four of us moved to the den. We sleep in the den. That’s where we had to stay because everything had just fallen apart,” said Annette.
With no insurance, there wasn’t any money for a new roof, but one day, after almost three years of misery, neighbors saw a woman fixing a roof nearby. They reached out to her and discovered a group called National Women in Roofing (NWIR).
MaryBeth Reed, NWIR, commented, “We reached out to the construction and roofing community and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this family seriously in need. What can we do to help them?’ And really, it was the power of all these women. We have well over 120 members here in South Florida and nearly 2,000 throughout the country.”
With their urging, it didn’t take long for local businesses to get involved. Sandy Giel, NWIR, stated, “We literally had probably 10 people within the first three hours and just snowballed from there. It’s just an amazing, amazing thing.”
In all, 37 South Florida companies stepped up offering labor, materials or donations totaling an estimated $45,000. Colin Kepley, Skilcon Roofing and Waterproofing noted “It’s a nice thing to be able to help out somebody that’s in need and just bringing the communities together in Ft. Lauderdale. We’re a hardhit area with COVID-19 and it’s great to see everybody collaborating to do this.”
When they started the project, volunteers were shocked at the condition of the house. The wood was damaged and you could see where the mold and the water damage occurred. Soon, it was out with the old roof, stripping it off, fixing the carpentry, trusses and installing a new flat roof and shingles.
Inside, the mold is being removed and new drywall for the ceiling was installed. Clay Thomas, Advanced Roofing, commented, “The fact that we can come in and not only stop the problem but improve that immediate environment, I think that’s huge.”
For the volunteers, it was a labor of love. For the Walters family, it’s a gift they’ll never forget. “If they hadn’t come into my life, my family and I would literally be homeless. They are amazing. They are my angels,” stated Annette.
The roofing industry coming together, their many helping hands making a difference for a family in need – it’s what National Women in Roofing stands for.
NEFRSA Charity Project for the Birds
Kevin Whitney was building a chicken coop for his 10-year old daughter, but needed help with the roof covering. He was hoping to have her learn responsibility from the care necessary for the birds and the sale of the eggs. Mr. Whitney is a paraplegic (car wreck) that had a friend of a friend commit to building the chicken coop. Money changed hands but only a partial frame – and no roof – was delivered. You could say the guy flew the coop.
Todd Brown, NEFRSA Charity Committee Chair, got a call about supplying a metal roof for the coop and that led to other considerations. With a generous donation of all the necessary materials by Tonya Steele, Millennium Metals Inc., Jacksonville, the project was hatched (excuse the pun). However, there was no money in the budget for the labor to complete the project, and that is where NEFRSA entered to help.
The labor for the project was donated by cut man Wayne Williams of 1st Coast Safety, Todd Brown of SPEC Building Material and Ralph DeCicco who arrived on a warm and humid Saturday morning to complete the coop-building project. In addition to the fastening of additional roof joists, battens, roof panels and flashing, corner bracing and blocking was installed by the aggressive crew to stabilize the wobbly structure.
Mr. Whitney and his daughter kept the crew hydrated throughout the project and provided pizza for lunch. DeCicco, for his roof walking nerve, panel fastening and metal roofing expertise, was remunerated by three chicken and two duck eggs. Not bad scratch (pun intended)!
Best Roofing Teams Up with Pantry of Broward to Provide Food to Hungry Families
There are still plenty of people in South Florida who are struggling to feed their families, and companies are stepping up to help, including Best Roofing. At The Pantry of Broward, a food bank in Fort Lauderdale, Best Roofing workers arrived in a vintage VW van filled with food and drinks. They partnered with the charity to hold a food drive after seeing the rising needs of people in South Florida due to the pandemic, especially the elderly.
Kiana Enrique, Best Roofing’s spokeswoman, said, “We did this to be able to provide to the senior citizens and grandparents that are maybe having a little more trouble than we are.”
Michelle Barthole, the Program Director for Pantry of Broward, said, “They really came through for us. All that they’ve done is really going to help the community and the people we serve and we are so grateful and thankful for them.”
Best Roofing also donated a check for $1,000.
NEFRSA Plants “Boots on the Roof”
Running on a referral by FRSA, the NEFRSA participated in their “Boots on the Roof” program by lending aid and assistance to an armed forces member, Kyle & Ann Johnson of Jacksonville and his young family.
NEFRSA’s Charity Committee members, Todd Brown and Ralph DeCicco, were the first to respond and generated the information on the home – pictures of the roof, type, pitch, size, missing and cracked shingles for the Board and membership to make the decision to participate. The Board performed due diligence by reviewing the information gathered and receiving three proposals to review. They ultimately chose the one by Stonebridge Construction Services, led by Director Shane Dickens, based on cost and rapid scheduling.
The Johnsons, who had been in their home less than two years, had been “misled” by a home inspector who rated the roof as having 5 to 8 years of life among other misinformation. Facing cancellation of their homeowner’s insurance due to the roof’s condition and possibly losing their home, they appealed to FRSA.
Kyle, who received a back injury in Kuwait while deployed there, is still active and serves as a non-combatant in the Florida National Guard. The Johnsons were pleased (thrilled in their words) with the actions and expressed their gratitude to the FRSA, NEFRSA and the fine people and craftsmen at Stonebridge.
ABC Roofing Corp Partners with Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Give Local Hospital Workers 50 Meals a Day, Every Week During the Entire Month of April
ABC Roofing Corp. has built a reputation in South Florida for being the best at what they do. For over 30 years, the company has continued to pride itself in its work, the relationships it cultivates with customers, roofing professionals and the local community and during these uncertain and unprecedented times it is no different.
Wanting to help, and with food supplied and prepared by Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, the roofing company announced that 50 daily meal donations would go to healthcare and hospital workers at Broward Health Coral Springs every week, for the entire month of April. With all of the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the owner of ABC Roofing Corp., John Famularo, wanted to assist with relief efforts however the company could.
“We’re all in this together; and right now, the last thing people need to be worried about is ‘what am I going to eat?’ Especially our healthcare workers and all the people staffing the hospital,” stated John Famularo, Owner and President of ABC Roofing Corp. “These people are heroes. They show up every day to help save lives and everyone at ABC Roofing wants them to know we appreciate what they’re doing.”
ABC Roofing remains open during the COVID-19 health crisis because the company knows how important it is to keep communities covered. All staff are practicing CDC-recommended guidelines for disinfection and social distancing in the office and at jobsites and have been issued personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer and hospital-grade disinfectants to use at recommended intervals.
The Roofing Industry Going Above and Beyond
NRCA recently provided a list of manufacturers, distributors and contractors doing good for their communities. We wanted to share it with you.
“Sherwin Williams, Beacon Building Products and Tecta America donated thousands of N-95 masks to healthcare workers who needed them. Antis Roofing, Irvine, Calif., organized its first blood drive for the American Red Cross to help offset blood bank shortages stemming from shelter-in-place orders and worked with Second Harvest food pantries to get food to those in need. Duro-Last Roofing converted one of its manufacturing lines to begin producing gowns and masks for hospitals. Owens Corning made grants to hospitals, food pantries and homeless shelters across the globe. Tropical Roofing Products went local, organizing a fundraising campaign for Feeding South Florida, a food bank that’s able to put 98 percent of all its donations directly back into the community. There are no doubt dozens of additional stories of local contractors and companies serving their communities during this challenging time. Thanks for all you do!”