Roofing company donates repairs to Gospel Rescue Mission
The employees, volunteers and patrons of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission will stay snug as a bug in a rug this winter, thanks to the donation of roofing supplies and labor by New Mexico contractor RoofCARE through its Roof Angel Project. The donation is the fourth of its kind provided by Roof-CARE and APOC, a national roofing material manufacturer. This annual event brought in workers to make repairs to the leaking roofs of two buildings at the Gospel Rescue Mission (LCGRM), 1050 W. Amador Ave. Both buildings house LCGRM volunteers who live on the property.
Jonathon Small, Roof-CARE’s marketing director, explained how the company chose the Las Cruces facility. “We researched local non-profit organizations in Las Cruces and identified four or five potential candidates. I called each one to learn more about their organization, their causes and missions and their current roofing situations.”
Small learned that most of the city’s nonprofit organizations do not own their facilities but instead, lease them from the city. “Upon speaking to Bob Jeska, executive director at the Gospel Rescue Mission, I learned they do own their buildings, do not receive government funding and have some active roofing issues,” Small said.
“I coordinated with our Regional Manager in Las Cruces, Will Lawson, to schedule an inspection of those roofs. After the inspection, he confirmed the roofing issues and we then made the decision to select them as the recipient of this year’s Roof Angel Project.”
The repairs are valued at around $3,200. “These contributions will have a direct impact on the lives of the less-fortunate that seek the help of the Rescue Mission,” Small said.
The Rescue Mission was in need of urgent roof repair. Small explained that the roofing issues were more severe on one of the two residential buildings which included active leaks, deteriorating or failing seals along the parapet walls, split or open seals around the pipes and other roof penetrations and debris throughout. Repairs were made with high-quality APOC products to correct the problems and stop the leaks.
“The other roof is a shingle roof with missing shingles,” which were replaced to prevent water from entering the system and causing the spread of damage,” he added.
“We will also donate a year of SmartCARE, a Roof Management Program that includes inspecting the roofs and performing preventative maintenance to ensure the roofs remain watertight and leak-free.”
Gospel Rescue Mission Executive Director Bob Jeska mentioned the recent hail damage in the Las Cruces area, and how long it would have taken to get a paid contractor to come out and make the repairs. “It would have cost me upwards of $12,000 to make this happen,” he said. But RoofCARE and APOC made it happen at no cost to the Mission.
“We are excited to continue this tradition for the fourth year in a row and give back to such a great organization in the Las Cruces community,” Small said. In addition to helping the LCGRM with their roofing issues, Roof-CARE’s goal is to raise awareness for the organization. “Because many non-profits struggle to afford larger operational costs such as roof repairs, we feel this event is a great way to give back to the community and those in need during the holiday season.”
The roof repairs took place on Dec. 3 and 4. Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, job training and housing for thousands of the homeless in Las Cruces. The Mission can be reached at 522-7573. Roof-CARE’s Las Cruces office is located at 151 S. Walnut St, #B10 and can be reached at 505-246-6960.
‘ We feel this event is a great way to give back to the community and those in need during the holiday season.’
RoofCARE’s marketing director