Springfield Army veteran receives new roof, thanks to nonprofits
Ronald Burger, a US Army veteran, bought a house in the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield about 12 years ago.
To say the house, which was built in 1909, needed some work is an understatement.
“It was uninhabitable,” he said, watching the roofers go to work Monday morning.
Burger worked for years to bring the blue house to life. He couldn’t move into the house until five or six years ago. And it’s a constant battle with the roof.
“I’ve done some patching here and there and done all kinds of things to prevent damage to the inside,” Burger said.
Burger’s friend Debbie Good read an article about a program that helps eligible veterans get a new roof — a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, roofing companies, and the City of Springfield’s HELP (Homeowner Emergency Loan Program).
Good helped Burger apply for the program and he was approved.
Early Monday morning, employees of Midwest Roofing, a contractor for Owens Corning, began installing a new roof on Burger’s home.
“I feel happy,” Burger said. “I am blessed.”
Ken Adler with Owens Corning and the Owens Corning Foundation was at Burger’s home on Monday and saw the workers remove the old roof.
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Adler explained that the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project began in 2016 and has provided more than 275 new roofs for veterans across the United States.
“It was a way to repay our veterans for their services,” Adler said.
Burger served in the United States Army for four years and spent time in Germany.
Owens Corning Foundation partners with several charities across the country — such as Habitat for Humanity — to find candidates in need of a new roof.
The Owens Corning Foundation is also partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation on the Roof Deployment Project.
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Burger’s was the third home in Springfield to have a new roof, Nancy Williams said with: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield.
Midwest Roofing provided the labor for free. Owens Corning supplied the materials.
Additional repairs were made through Springfield’s HELP (Homeowner Emergency Loan Program) program.