We are so blessed to have a 4000 square foot home on the HFH property that serves multiple families every day! The home was built in 1993 and quite a bit of maintenance comes with its “commercial” use. One of the biggest needs at the moment is to replace the roof shingles. The roof leaks every time it rains and has left many stains in the ceiling sheetrock. Recently we obtained 5 quotes from 5 different local roofing companies to tear off the old shingles and replace with new. The estimates ranged from $6400 to $8700. A little bit of sticker shock to say the least! In this process I remembered a construction contractor named Rick handing me a business card nearly two years ago who had said, “call me if you ever need anything.” This particular contractor attends church with former HFH family Matthew Jones and his family. The Jones’s sweet son David passed away from a kidney disorder 6 months after birth. So, I called Rick who told me to call Matthew. Long story short, Matthew was immediately struck by the opportunity to help out HFH and has put together a team from two churches, including a few professional roofers, to come and provide labor to install a new roof.
We have free labor, what about the materials? One of the biggest shingle and roofing material manufacturers is located right in Memphis. I had tried calling there to get through to a manager of some kind. I got forwarded to someone’s voicemail and never got a call back. So, I drove to the plant and walked right in. I ended up meeting the Senior Administrative Assistant who told me there was a really good chance we could receive a donation if I submitted something in writing. I went home, wrote up a proposal, and submitted.
Although we have not gotten word back yet on whether the material donation, you can certainly see God moving in this need, as He always does. Yes, we can still do ministry with some stains in the sheetrock; but stains turn to drips, and drips to floods of water. Keeping things in top shape means we can focus on offering a safe, clean place for lodging, and a comfortable environment for sharing living space with hurting families with critically ill kids. Even maintenance and property care is strongly interconnected to the overall ministry and work of HFH. On top of all this, it will be great to share this project with Matthew, Lindsay, and their perfectly healthy newest son Levi David Jones.