DelMarVa’s Neediest Roof Contest
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I’m entering my friend for Spicer Bros. Construction’s “Delmarva Neediest Roof Contest”. Her roof has the original shingles which are 27 years old. She has been getting up on her roof to patch and repair with shingles and Flex spray. Currently the roof has approximately 70 more missing shingles due to recent bad weather. The biggest problem, and of utmost importance related to the old roof, is suspected moisture leak in the master bedroom. For the past year, she has noticed a very strong musty smell of mildew in the bedroom and she has experienced significant exacerbation of respiratory problems requiring physician’s care.
Since 2007, she has been solely responsible for all home repairs, maintenance and property upkeep in addition to the mortgage. It has been a continuing ten year struggle to meet these financial obligations.
She is self employed as a housekeeper cleaning private homes. She unselfishly thinks of family before herself by financially helping and aiding when needed. In the past she willingly paid for a niece’s 1-1/2 years of college tuition while her niece lived with her for six years. She is still paying off that college loan. Also currently she is the caregiver for her mother who has Alzheimer’s.
In the past two years, she has experienced health problems. She has a chronic respiratory condition and debilitating arthritis. She has undergone five surgeries on hands and arms from work related stress. All these physical ailments impact her consistent ability to be self employed and to earn a steady income.
She is a frugal spender. She shops grocery store sale items and thrift and consignment stores for clothing and household items. She does not have the luxury of cable TV or internet nor does she have a trash service.
Transportation is another huge problem. She recently installed a new fuel pump on her car only to have her transmission go out a month later. Without a functioning car, she must rely on friends for rides to work and for errands. She does not have nearby family to assist with transportation needs. Obtaining a used car is almost an insurmountable expense but a necessary one to earn a steady income.
I hope and pray you will seriously consider her as the one most needing a new roof for her home.
The opportunity to have a new roof installed on her home would be an extraordinary blessing for this hard working grandmother who is raising her two grandchildren as a single woman. She has faced many challenges over the past years, including an incident in the mid-1990s when she was the victim of a horrific attack by a man who broke into her home and held her hostage for several hours, beating her and torturing her, including being stabbed over 70 times, and left her for dead; all taking place while her young son lay just a few feet away in his bedroom.
The aftermath of this tragic ordeal left her with emotional scars, but strengthened her resolve to ensure that she would provide a safe, loving home for her two grandchildren. As a single, working woman with two children to care for, finances have been an issue. Because of financial stress she moved into her mother’s former residence and attempted to address repairs that were needed to make a home for her and her grandkids. It appeared that the repairs would largely be aesthetic and would not involve significant costs. Unfortunately, when she started the repairs she quickly found that she needed to run all new electric service, install a new water pump, water heater, and found there was virtually no ceiling or walls in the living room.
She took on the task of having all of these major issues addressed and it depleted the little bit of money she had available. Now the roof is leaking excessively and running water into the house, including rooms she has recently repaired. Now with funds exhausted it will take months, if not more than a year, to save enough money to have the roof replaced along with providing the needs for her grandchildren. Meanwhile more rains will come and winter will set in with its own set of issues to make the situation even more unbearable and costly. This is a generous, hard-working woman and who needs and deserves a break, such as this wonderful opportunity to have her roof replaced.
The roof has shingles. Some is single and some has up to 3 layers. The roof is leaking in my grand daughters room and has a few soft spots. It is a pitch roof not sure of the exact pitch.
This has been an extremely rough year for my family. My father passed away suddenly on January 14th of this year. He laid down to take a nap and never woke up. It has been devastating to my entire family. Unfortunately, he had no life insurance so some of his children got together to pay for the expenses. Of course this was something that had to be done. I am the only one working in my household since my husband has been disabled since 2009. The doctors said he is unable to work since his last heart attack. We have custody of our 16 year old granddaughter who has heart problems. She was born with Aortic bicuspid valve and has now been diagnosed with Pulmonary Artery Stenosis. She has to make frequent visits to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital in Baltimore for Treatment. Because of these extra expense we cannot afford to get the roof fixed. I have gotten some estimates for getting the roof fixed but there is no way I can afford it. I could really use some help.
I am submitting my father for the neediest roof contest. He is a Veteran of the US Army and very proud to have served this country. He is disabled and unable to do any repairs on his home nor financially can he afford it as he lives check to check. The roof leaks throughout the house, to the point where the ceilings are falling apart. We’ve had some patch work here and there to try to help but it’s on its last leg!
He has been disabled since the early 90s. He suffered a crushed back, he has had multiple surgical attempts to repair his back all have failed. He has metal plates, rods and screws in his back which causes him to have a significant amount of pain. He also becomes paralysed from the waist down at times and cannot walk at all. He has fallen numerous times and had many many hospitalizations. He also has a crushed knee that had to be surgically repaired. He has to wear a back brace and a knee brace all the time. He walks with assistive devices and has a hard time getting around on a good day! He also has several other health issues! And to top it off he is only 57 almost 58 years old.
He has spend most of his life in pain, he is such as deserving man! I know this would take so much off his plate if he was selected for the new roof. And if all of that was not enough, 5 years ago he lost his one and only love of his life, my mom, his wife after over 30 years of marriage, suddenly, it was a shock to us all. I would love and be so grateful to see his life finally start to turn around and give him so hope! I want him to feel that for once things can go right! We want to make his home safe for him and feel like home again! Thank you for your time and God bless!
I am a self employed cosmetologist and my husband works at a food processing company. We have 5 children and are raising 3. We deserve a free roof because ours is literally falling through.
We are hard working people with a large family so things are always tight. We don’t receive any type of government assistance. We do our best to make ends meet, but it’s a struggle at times. We have been saving for the repair of the roof, but now it’s been so long we need it replaced. Something always comes up in which we have to use the money. Our bathroom had a hole so big we could see the ground so some funds were used to fix that.
I was the sole caregiver for my 50 year old aunt who has had multiple strokes and now early dementia. She is now in a nursing facility where I travel back and forth to see her. My mom finished her last treatment for breast cancer last December, but has recently received another bad report. I take my mom to to some appointments and to run errands. So I had to cut back my work hours to help. Due to the wear on my vehicle it’s now broke down and the money for repairs has to come out of the roof money.
Lastly my husband is in the process of applying for a green card. Which is a long expensive process. That has nearly drained all of the roof funds, but was necessary, we didn’t want to risk losing him. We have tried for years now to replace the roof but have been unsuccessful for many reasons. Every time it rains I want to cry because I know the kids room will leak. The leaking has gotten so bad a portion of their room ceiling is falling through. Now the living room leaks to the point buckets won’t do anymore.
I’m afraid that if we don’t get the roof replaced, we won’t have a place to live. The water that leaks through has softened the ceiling and floor. So now that’s an issue along with mold and mildew. We don’t have any place to go so we try to adjust with the conditions. The roof is so bad there are two visible holes and the porch has already clasped. Our insurance company dropped us a few years ago due to this. Because of the visible effects of the roof, our children get teased in school. We will not have enough money saved before it’s too late and falls through.
Please help if you can we really need a roof.
Good morning and thank you for considering us. We believe this is the original roof which would make it about 38 years old. My mother purchased it from the original owners.
I am her son and together with my wife and 8 year old grandchild we all live here. My mother has spent most of her life serving the public as a nurse for Accomack County jail and school system. She is currently retired and living on social security and a retirement check. My wife is a cancer survivor and fractured her knee in the spring. She is currently out of work on social security disability. I am the only one working and that is for the Northampton County Sheriff’s department.
We do not believe there is any leaks. The last time we tried to go up there the shingles were sliding off so we have not gone on the roof since. There is green mold or moss growing all over it. There was a gutter on the front of the house but it was causing leaks in the bedroom so we took it off. Some how water was backing up in the gutter and getting under the shingles We believe that there is only one layer of shingles.
We have tried to save to get a roof but there is always something happening either medical bills or some thing for or grandchild. We receive no assistance from his parents or the state. We are trying to take care of ourselves but we really could use some help with this. There three generations living here and with your help hopefully we can remain for many more years to come.