Roof Care Cares

RoofCareRoofCARE (www.roofcare.us) is an Albuquerque-based company that installs and repairs roofs. Each year, RoofCARE selects a worthy charity somewhere in New Mexico and El Paso to help under their Roof Angel Program. Last October they chose the Mission. On 3-4 December, a crew repaired the roofs on two 65-year old Mission buildings in sore need of attention.  Louis Zaina, CEO of RoofCARE said “The Gospel Rescue Mission fit our criteria and we are pleased to help”. The service includes a 1-year warranty on the work. Thank you RoofCARE!

LAS CRUCES – The roof on a 60-year-old building at the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission will look like new and no longer leak, after construction workers complete much-need repairs today as part of a charity project.

Last month, RoofCARE, an Albuquerque-based roofing contractor, announced it was partnering with the company APOC, a national manufacturer of roofing material, to donate roof repairs to the Gospel Rescue Mission as part of the fourth annual Roof Angel Project.

Bob Jeska, executive director of the Gospel Rescue Mission, said repairs on two buildings got underway early Thursday morning. The roof on a home that shelters four full-time volunteers was in particular need of repairs, Jeska said.

“This is a 60-plus-year-old building. It’s been repaired many times over the years,” he said. “What they’re doing is going to save us probably $12,000. It’s been a godsend for us because when you occupy older buildings, maintenance becomes very costly.”

In addition to repairs on the older building, workers also replaced several shingles on the roof of another building on the property, Jeska said.

Jonathan Small, the marketing director for RoofCARE, said the donated repairs were valued at $3,500.

Roof Angel LogoIn selecting the recipient for this year’s Roof Angel Project, Small said the company identified several potential candidates, including the Gospel Rescue Mission. “I called each one to learn more about their organization, their causes (and) missions and their current roofing situations,” he said.

After speaking with Jeska, Small said, “I learned they do own their buildings, do not receive government funding and have some active roofing issues.”

Small said the buildings at the Gospel Rescue Mission were inspected by Will Lawson, the company’s regional manager in Las Cruces.

“After the inspection, he confirmed the roofing issues, and we then made the decision to select them as the recipient of this year’s Roof Angel Project,” Small said.

Sam Rowman, the project manager, described the condition of the roof on the 60-year-old building as “fair.”

Rowman said most of the repairs were needed along the perimeter of the roof, where roofing material needed to be patched up to stop leaks.

The repairs are expected to keep roof in good condition for several years, he said.

“It all depends on the weather, but you could easily get another five to 10 years before we need to do anything major,” Rowman said, adding that the mission also will receive a free year of maintenance to ensure the roofs remain leak-free.

Rowman said the repair work would be completed by midday Thursday.

“The highlights to do a job like this is not even so much about the work that we do, but about supporting the work that the mission does,” Rowman said.

Since the beginning of the year, the mission has served 59,309 meals and provided lodging for 22,039 people, according to figures provided by Jeska.

Carlos Andres López can be reached 575-541-5453 or carlopez@lcsun-news.com. Follow him on Twitter @carlopez_los.

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