VERO BEACH - Highland Homes Roofing Marketing Director Kristin Halcomb heard of a Vero Beach veteran who needed a new roof, but couldn’t afford it. She discussed it with company owner Nakia Geller, and very quickly the veteran had a new roof, free of charge.
“My dad was a retired Colonel in the Air Force and part of the veterans’ community locally,” Ms. Halcomb told Hometown News. “They were telling me about someone who needed a roof, and I was looking into getting them a quote. The caseworker told me that this family had been waiting for a grant, but were having a hard time getting it.”
Mr. Geller had already said he wanted to start a program to give one roof a year back to the community for free. When Ms. Halcomb heard that the veteran had been trying unsuccessfully to get a government grant for the roof, she asked Mr. Geller if Highland Homes Roofing could donate the roof, and he enthusiastically agreed.
“This was the perfect candidate for a free roof, so I discussed it with Nakia, he approved it, and I called and told them we would like to just donate the roof to the family.”
The excited recipient, a World War II veteran, was very thankful, as was the Veterans’ Council of Indian River County, which had been trying to help the gentleman get the grant for the roof.
“He had some leaks, and it was a really, really old roof,” Ms. Halcomb said. “His case manager had gotten estimates, and some felt he needed to replace the whole roof, another company said they could repair the existing roof. When we looked at it the roof really did need to be replaced.”
So the company replaced the entire roof, and donated the labor and materials. The project took a few weeks to complete.
“He couldn’t afford the new roof and they were hoping to get a grant from the government, but with no success. So we stepped in and felt compelled to help out.”
Highland Homes Roofing Owner Nakia Geller plans on giving away a roof and install to a family in need every year.
Highland Homes Roofing has been in the roofing industry for 31 years. They have three office locations to serve the east and west coasts of Florida, providing expert roofing services in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach and Panama City.
For more information about Highland Homes Roofing, visit www.HighlandHomesRoofing.com or call (772) 388-1411. The Treasure Coast office of Highland Homes Roofing is located at 1136 US Highway 1, Sebastian.