On Friday, November 4th, 2016 a group of volunteers, including eight members of First Covenant Church, completed the installation of a new roof on the Sue Marske residence on Highway 29 east of River Falls.
The planning for the project began when Mark Kimball brought a concern to Chuck Sambs that his neighbor's roof had been covered with a tarp for over two years and wondered if it would qualify for a Habitat For Humanity "Brush with Kindness" project.
Mark encouraged Mrs. Marske to complete an application and submit it to the Habitat office. After a few inspection visits by Habitat officials and church volunteers, the project was approved and work began in mid-October.
It was decided that the main roof would be covered with steel roofing while a side addition and the main entry in the front would be reshingled using shingles that the family had previously purchased. Due to significant water damage, the main entrance roof needed to be completely demolished and rebuilt prior to covering it with shingles. The advantage of using steel roofing was that it could be installed over the existing shingles which eliminated tearing off old shingles and then possibly needing to replace the sheathing under the shingles. After it was determined that the roof was structurally sound, the steel roofing option was chosen.
The project was an excellent example of how the love of Christ can be shown to a neighbor in need through a partnership that included St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, First Covenant Church, and Thrivent Financial. The scaffolding, tools and materials were provided by Habitat. In addition, some of the regular Habitat volunteers that make up the Monday and Tuesday crews provided invaluable assistance. First Covenant volunteers included Mark and Sue Kimball, Mark and Joann Gillis, Chuck and Judy Sambs, Mark Wespetal and Jerry Nelson. Thrivent Financial, a major worldwide contributor to Habitat for Humanity provided valuable financial support to the project.
On behalf of the Social Concerns Ministry Team, I wish to thank all those involved for their selfless contributions to this very successful project and especially thank God for keeping us all safe while working on a potentially dangerous roof. I also want to thank Sue Marske and other family members for their hospitality and support. They provided coffee and snacks at break times and a delicious lunch every day.