NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Retired special needs teacher Frances Wilcox sat on her front lawn beaming with gratitude while Crain Construction volunteers put a new roof on her home of 48 years.

Crain Construction, in partnership with Rebuilding Together Nashville, one of the city’s leading nonprofits in safe and healthy housing, completed the critical repairs at the Buena Vista home of the 73-year-old Wilcox this past weekend.

“I’m so blessed to be a part of this that, I don’t want to cry but, I’m happy with the whole thing because I’m not able to fix these things that are well needed around my house,” said Wilcox, who visited with friends and neighbors as they stopped by throughout the weekend to check on the progress.

Working two, 12-hour days, a dozen volunteers tore off the old roof, replaced and painted facscia and installed a new roof on the ranch-style home. While hauling off old shingles and installing new ones, the team took special care not to disrupt active robin nests resting in the crooks of downspouts at the front and back of the house.

“Thanks to Crain Construction’s donation of time and some materials we’re able to stretch our funds and do more to help address the critical health and safety issues for families in our community,” said Kaitlin Dastugue, executive director of Rebuilding Together Nashville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that restores, rebuilds and provides critical repairs for homes of low-income residents.“This helps Ms. Wilcox stay in her home and age in place near her network of family, friends and church.”

Volunteerism is part of Crain Construction’s ongoing efforts to give back to the community and this is one of several projects they have completed with Rebuilding Together Nashville.

“The weather really cooperated so we could pay it forward for Rebuilding Together and one of our seniors,” said Brent McGee, project manager with Crain Construction. “It was really gratifying to help Ms. Wilcox since she’s done so much for others.”

Thanks to these companies who provided materials through donations or discounts: Rackley Roofing, CRS Supply,Elder Building Supply, Blinker-Lite Port-A-Pot and Waste Management.

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