Raise the Roof:

Imagine living in a home with a leaking roof. When it rained water would enter the home, filling the walls with mold and making breathing difficult.

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that every family deserves to live in a home that is safe. A place where you don’t have to worry about rain leaking through your ceiling. A place where you can sleep peacefully under one roof.

You can help Habitat for Humanity repair and replace roofs by donating to our Raise the Roof campaign! Your donation will be matched thanks to our campaign sponsor, Dale’s Roofing.

Giving Challenge:

Dale’s Roofing is providing a $2,500 matching donation to DOUBLE your gift to the Raise the Roof campaign! We’re being challenged to raise $2,500 in only TEN days from October 1-10.

Make a donation of any amount to Habitat for Humanity by October 10, 2020! Donate online here > give.habitatspringfieldmo.org/ge/raisetheroof2020

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Meet Patrick & Connie:

After serving as a Seabee in the Navy for 8 years, Patrick worked a variety of jobs before retiring in 2012. He suffered from an aneurism and almost lost his life in 2017. After this event, Connie, his wife, took on the care of her husband.

U.S. Navy veteran and former Seabee Patrick Lawhorn and wife Connie watch as their home is repaired in Springfield, July 20, 2020.

Patrick and Connie moved into their 1950’s home more than 21 years ago. Over the years, their home has slowly deteriorated and gotten worse. They had recently been notified by their long-time insurance company that their insurance would be canceled unless they repaired their roof and part of their siding.

Patrick and Connie began looking for help. They saw a news story of Habitat for Humanity helping another Springfield veteran earlier in the year. Connie was hesitant to call at first, but Patrick told her, “the worst they can say is no.”

A few days later, Patrick called Habitat for Humanity to see if they would meet the requirements of the home repair programs. They applied and were accepted.

Thanks to the help of Habitat for Humanity, the Roof Deployment Project through Owen’s Corning, and Dale’s Roofing, Patrick and Connie have a brand new roof over their head at no cost. They are grateful to receive the help saying, “It’s outstanding. If they weren’t helping us, the house would fall apart.”

Patrick and Connie received additional home repairs through the Homeowner Emergency Loan Program (HELP) by the City of Springfield, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Akers Home Improvement completed the repairs.

(Photos provided by  John Farmer de la Torre/Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri)

Meet Waren:

Warren served in the Air Force for 13 years before moving on and working in home renovation and construction. He is living on a limited income, and though he has the skills and knowledge to make repairs on his home, he doesn’t have the funds to do so.

The ceiling is shredded with holes and dimly lit. His roof leaks. The carpets are musty. The exterior of the house is peeling and Warren lives on $800 a month, a fixed income not uncommon to seniors which makes home repairs impossible.

When a neighbor had a home repair done through Habitat for Humanity, Warren reached out to our Program Director, Nancy Williams, to start an application for home repairs on his own home.

Habitat for Humanity was able to completely replace Warren’s roof through the Veteran Build program and the Roof Deployment project at no cost. Additional home repairs were completed through the Homeowner Emergency Loan Program (HELP) through the City of Springfield and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

Warren was thrilled that his home was repaired saying, “It means a whole lot. I like the house, it will be perfect once it has a few things done. It won’t have any problems, and I’ll keep it that way.”

Apply for Home Repairs:

Our Home Preservation and Repair Programs help low-income homeowners in Greene County restore and maintain their homes. Habitat partners with homeowners to alleviate critical health and safety issues and complete needed home improvement projects.  Programs include A Brush with Kindness, Critical Home Repair, and Creating Healthy Homes. To learn more and to submit an application, click here.

Questions & Learning More:

If you’re looking for more information about this campaign, visit our Facebook Event or contact Abby Glenn, Development Director at 417-829-4001 x 109.