Tallahassee, Florida - November 4, 2011 -
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“The CRSA (Capital City Roofing and Sheet Metal Association) reroofing donation is more than a gift: it’s a long term investment in our mission and in our community. Refuge House promises victims of violence a roof over their heads as they heal and rebuild their lives—and the CRSA is making it possible for us to come through on that promise," saysMeg Baldwin, Executive Director of Refuge House. On Friday, November 4, members of the CRSA will donate labor and materials to reroof two Refuge House buildings.
This Friday's reroof project carries on the CRSA's tradition of serving the community. Once a year members come together to form a super roofing crew tearing off an old roof and re-applying new asphalt shingles in just one day. To date, CRSA members have donated all of the materials and labor to replace the roofs for Tallahassee nonprofits The Tree House of Tallahassee Inc., Boys Town of North Florida, and The Chelsea House.
Leo Stewart, Jr., CRSA President said, "It is important that Refuge House, an organization that provides shelter and protection for its residents, has a solid roof that can protect the building and its contents from the outside elements. A roof is one of the most important parts of a building. We are happy to band together and donate our talents to a worthy organization that helps our community in such an important way.” Stewart said that the CRSA donation to the Refuge House is valued around $12,000.
Baldwin says that the project will reroof two of their major program sites: their Leon County Counseling Cottage, where every year 300-400 victims of domestic or sexual violence meet with our counselors for healing and safety, and a duplex apartment buildings, providing safe housing and supportive counseling for families in their Transitional Housing Program. Refuge House has owned these properties since 2005, and this is the first reroofing project at the site. The Counseling Cottage was built in 1945 and the roof was at the end of its useful life. The apartment building roof was showing signs of significant wear.
"Everyone--please thank your roofer for standing with us in saving lives, building hope, and ending violence,” says Baldwin.