‘We Feel It’s Our Duty’: Chehalis Company Donates Roof for Habitat for Humanity Project
By Eric Rosane / [email protected]
Chehalis-based Safecover Roofing LLC donated 2,600 square feet of roofing material and approximately 40 hours of labor Thursday morning to help the Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity continue construction on a home along 11th Street.
The project has been delayed due to the corona crisis. The donation from Safecover is one of the many generous community gestures that bring the project to completion.
But the pandemic — and the community at large, over the past three and a half years — has been kind to Safecover Roofing, owner Tyler Collins said. Despite the weather closures, his company remained busy with community-demanded work.
The idea of getting involved with Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity started about three months ago, he said. He spoke to his aunt, Amy Graber, a Centralia Harbor employee, about how he could give back to the community that was so generous to him.
“We kicked off ways to give back to the community,” Collins said, and they “threw this all together.”
“We feel it’s our duty, because we’ve done so well, to give back – and we’re happy to do that,” he added.
On a cloudy but warm Thursday morning, Collins and foreman Filo Bastian gathered their team and began roofing the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home as the sound of nail guns and construction seeped through the sleepy neighborhood south of downtown.
That afternoon the roofing was finished.
“Now that we have the roof on, we can work, rain or not, and we can pick up our pace,” said Jay Myhre, chairman of the board of Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity.
Myhre said they hope to have the house, which they started building in 2019, completely finished by the end of the year. State health mandates put pressure on work early in the pandemic, but Myhre counts Habitat for Humanity lucky because it sources building materials from stock the local nonprofit has.
During a normal year, Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity can build up to two houses. But there are some challenges that come with the process.
“One of our biggest challenges is finding a place to build a house,” Myhre said.
Another challenge is the cost of building houses. In the past two years, costs have increased by about 40%, Myhre estimates, although their labor, volunteers and material donations usually cover most of the costs.
Richard Tausch, vice president of the board, said the following companies also helped with materials or large donations: Ace Hardware, Cal Portland Cement, Foresight Surveying, Grocery Outlet, Interior Design Center, Lincoln Creek Lumber, Lowes, Pacific Mobile Leasing, Palmer Lumber, Sierra Pacific, Breen Crushing, TRUSS Co. and Weyerhaeuser Wood Products.
For more information or to donate, visit the Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity website at atglchahabitat.org.
More information about Safecover Roofing LLC can be found online at www.safecoverroofing.com. Their business is located at 250 SW Riverside Dr. in Chehalis.