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2020/11/05 23:59:59

Watch The Videos To Learn Why Our Finalists Needed a New Roof

Martha Bain

Martha Bain’s husband is permanently disabled, and she has no source of income. Several years ago, after Hurricane Irma, A roofing contractor charged her $5,000 and didn’t do the repairs that were needed after the hurricane. She spent all of her savings on this and cannot qualify for a loan.

Her roof is in such bad shape that there are holes in it that one can see through from the master bedroom on the second floor of her home. Water has ruined her ceiling, some flooring, and it even filters into the first floor.

Neighbors and friends have tried to help her by putting tarps on the roof, but water continues to pour in.

Angela Waller

Angela Waller is currently the single income earner in her home as her husband was laid-off due to COVID-19’s economic impact. In addition, Angela’s work hours at a day-care center were reduced, and the family cannot make ends meet at this point. To make matters even worse, she doesn’t have a car to get to and from work as there are no funds to make repairs.

Her situation is complicated by the fact that she has recently been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which requires medication and medical treatment.

The roof on their home has caused extensive damage and is barely holding up. What Angela wants most is for her family to be safe should another storm hit.

Elasmy Villaecusa

“Ellie“ Villaecusa has two children. Sixteen months ago, she gave birth to her daughter who, before being born, was diagnosed with a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The disease has a very low survival rate beyond 18 months of life.

Her daughter started an experimental treatment at just 16 days old and seems to be doing very well, despite the odds. Ms. Villaecusa also decided to leave her job to become a full-time mom for her daughter.

The family has not been able to keep up with all of their financial obligations with just one income. They were forced to file for bankruptcy and recently had one of their cars repossessed.

Their roof needs to be replaced as water filtration is evident. There is a sagging ceiling in one room on the second floor of their home and there is also water damage on the first floor.

2020 Nomination Requirements

2,500 Square Feet And Under

Homeowner 25+ Years Of Age

Primary Residence

Proof of Hardship

Property Taxes/Mortgage Current

Why are we doing what we do?

Raise the Roof, formerly The Gingerbread Project, began when City Roofing started going out to inspect roofs for families who couldn’t pay or qualify for financing. In those moments, owners Mario and Candy Famada knew that they could make a difference. The initial concept was to provide one new roof annually during the holiday season, hence the name The Gingerbread House Project, but after three successful years, Mario and Candy decided they wanted to expand their charity services to be year round without limitations, and changed the name to Raise the Roof.

Raise the Roof’s mission is to provide a household with a quality roof, so homeowners can focus on what matters most…their family!

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Helping Others

“Charity starts at home.” We took that saying to heart and decided to help others here in Miami-Dade County because there are families all over the county unable to repair or replace their roof when they see an issue due the financial stress they are under.

Volunteer With Us

There’s no better feeling than knowing that you’re helping someone in need. Volunteering with us is not only doing just that, but you’ll also have a great time!

Making Donations

Raise The Roof is funded by local businesses who enjoy giving as much as we do. If you’d like to donate to help fund a roof for someone who can’t afford to buy their own, click here.

Spread The Word

We would love for everyone in Miami-Dade County to get involved with Raise The Roof, making homes safer for families. We need you to spread the word, get it out there so anyone in need can enter our contest. You never know who you’d be helping.

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