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June 10, 2013

Putting a Roof Over Their Heads

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Last year the roof began to leak. Family patched it quickly, but it needed to be replaced this year. Roberta checked around and found it would be quite expensive. She had helped her father and sister roof last year and they decided they could do it. However, it was too big of a project for three or four people.

James got on Facebook and started asking friends and family if they would come and help. His son, Tyler Jess, helps out at least once a week. James asked him to see if his former boss, Eddie Oestreich from Golden Image Roofing, would tell them how many shingles they needed and possibly get them at a discount for them.

Roberta said Oestreich ordered everything for them, which took a great load off of her. He also brought his equipment and two employees with him on the four days to help with the project.

“I was just shocked and I still am,” James said of the assistance.

James and Roberta are grateful to everyone who worked in the rain on their roof during Memorial Day weekend. She added that even those who could not work on the roof found something to do to help out.

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