Greeley Roofing Company Donates Roof To OUR LADY OF PEACE Catholic Church
Front Range Roofing Systems Replace Aging Roof At No Cost
by: Andrea North, Greeley Tribune
When Greg Farris told Aracely Garcia his roofing company would replace her church's roof for free, she thought her English had failed her.
"I wasn't sure if I was listening and understanding OK. because my first language is not English," Garcia said. " I thought to myself, 'Maybe I misunderstood.'
But indeed, Front Range Roofing Systems had offered to replace the aging roof of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1311 3rd St. Garcia, the church's finance director, noticed last winter the church's roof could not hold snow without leaking. Recently, Garcia visited Front Range Roofing Systems for a quote to replace it, bracing for the answer. Farris evaluated the flat commercial roof and estimated $45,000.
But Farris had a better idea.
Some of his employees attend the church, so he felt that donating the roof was a good way to give back to them and the community. Plus, he was celebrating the company's 30th year in business.
"It's in the lower income part of town, so we thought it would be something good to give back," Farris said. "They're our neighbors, so I feel like it's a good, neighborly thing to do."
Front Range employees donated their labor, and the manufacturing company they work with, Carlisle SynTec Systems, donated the materials. Farris used the job as a training opportunity and had almost 50 employees install the church's roof. The job was complete in a few hours Thursday.
Garcia said she was very grateful.
"Without even asking them, they offered to do that for us and for our community," she said.