Dr. Amy Emerson, a physician from Tulsa and leader of the group (pictured on the left) worked with Yolanda White, the mid-city homeowner who received a new roof. The duo are pictured atat the Hollygrove Church Plant (a “mission” church of Carrollton Ave. Church of Christ) kitchen where White cooked up the food for the block party and other weekend events. (Submitted by Marilyn Stewart)
After Roof Crafters gives away new roof, Mid-city homeowner Yolanda White was delighted to hear her leaking roof would get fixed when a team of volunteers from Tulsa, Ok. came to town. Then the news got better.
“I thought it would be some patchwork done,” White said. “But they called and told me it was going to be a brand new roof.”
Even better was the news that the roof would be provided free, courtesy of Hammond’ Roof Crafters and owner Chuck Magee, with professional roofer Clint Vaughn of Roofscapes Exteriors of Tulsa.
White said words could not express what she felt when she heard the news that the project’s value had skyrocketed from several hundred dollars worth of work to several thousands as Roof Crafters gives away new roof and “through people who just want to bless somebody.”
Vaughn was part of a 40-member team from Park Plaza Church of Christ, Tulsa, a church that has sent volunteer teams every year Since Hurricane Katrina to serve with Carrollton Ave. Church of Christ, 4540 S. Carrollton Ave., and Hollygrove Church Plant, a new church founded seven years ago at 2940 Cambronne St.
The project at White’s house changed when Vaughn, an Owens-Corning Platinum Contractor, contacted Magee, another Platinum Preferred installer with Owens Corning, to see if Magee had a “backup crew” available in case inclement weather or other difficulties forced the Tulsa team to return home before the project was complete. Being community minded Roof Crafters gives away new roof by providing all the labor to install the roofing system.
“[Magee] said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a crew that will do the whole thing,’” Vaughn said. Materials were donated by ABC Supply, a nationwide supplier.
White’s one-story home was elevated after the storm, but the roof was not replaced at the time. White has lived in the 50-year old house for 15 years.
Team coordinator Dr. Amy Emerson said the team wanted to help White because she gives so much to others.
“She is an incredible lady who uses her vacation time each year to cook two hot meals for children in the Hollygrove neighborhood, who attend a week-long summer camp,” Emerson said. “It’s fun to see all kinds of people come together to do this project.”
Other activities held in conjunction with the team’s visit included a “Pete the Cat” literacy event, based on the popular children’s series books by Eric Litwin. Free books were provided for children that attended. The churches are co-led by ministers Charles Marsalis and Kirk Garrison.
While the long-standing partnership with the Oklahoma team has made them “family,” White said the focus of the week was on the children and not the adults workers. “Even though it’s just for a few days, the children are getting something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
Marilyn Stewart writes about people and events of the faith community in Orleans Parish. Send information three weeks in advance to [email protected]