Local Veteran Given New Roof by Local Charities

A man who spent 13 years in the U.S. Air Force has a new roof on his home and other repairs made thanks to the partnership of local charities.

Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri teamed with roofing company LoveOurRoof to renovate the home of Warren Dake. The project is part of the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project, a national campaign to provide new roofs for military families.

Dake, while having the ability to make repairs on his home, is on a fixed income and lacked the funding to make necessary repairs. After Habitat fixed a neighbor’s home, he reached out to Habitat for help on his home.

Nancy Williams of Habitat realized that Dake was a candidate for the city of Springfield’s Homeowner Emergency Loan Program, funded by the Community Development Block Grant program. After being accepted into the program, he was assigned to work with Catholic Charities on home repairs.

After evaluation, it was determined that if the roof was repaired, there would not be enough HELP funds to repair the home. That’s when Williams reached out to Habitat for Humanity International, who contacted Owens-Corning and their LoveOurRoof program.

The program uses products provided for free by Owens Corning to repair roofs through companies approved by Owens Corning.

In addition to the roof, Habitat and Catholic Charities will help Dake repair siding, replace windows, install gutters and downspouts, new insulated doors, and rebuild his back porch.

“It will mean a whole lot. I like the house, it will be perfect once it has a few things done,” Dake said in a statement. “It won’t have any problems, and I’ll keep it that way.”

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