Due to financial constraints and medical bills, Builders Care has more than 30 homeowners waiting for roof replacements in Lee County.  After hearing of the needs of two local families, Roof Smart of Southwest Florida partnered with Builders Care to provide new roofs for two Lee County homeowners during recent holidays.

Michael Sackett had been enduring roof leaks and emptying buckets full of water for several months with no way to finance the new roof that his family’s home needs. In December, Santa’s elves surprised the Sackett family right before Christmas with a brand new roof.

And just last week before Valentine’s Day, a Fort Myers widow got her wish.

“I lost my husband one year ago this month,” said Letty Waltrip. “This is such a wonderful surprise and a true answer to prayer.”

Roof Smart of Southwest Florida provided the labor and the materials to complete the roof replacements. Roof replacement services for both homes are valued at more than $19,000.00. JGA Beacon Distributor and Polyglass assisted with the materials. All services and products were provided by the companies at no charge to the homeowner.

“Roof repairs and replacements are one of the most common requests that come into our office. Rain totals over the past year have increased and so we have seen an increase in roof requests,” said Heidi Taulman, executive director, Lee BIA Builders Care. “Roof Smart of Southwest Florida brightened the holidays and lives of these families. Their gifts will be appreciated for many years to come.”

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builder’s Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, Fort Myers FL 33966. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T (formerly Colonial Bank) Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.