Raise the roof

Two companies lead a charitable roofing project

Every year, about 100,000 people seek help from The Women's Center, a facility based in Fort Worth, Texas, that offers rape crisis and victim services, employment solutions and counseling. The center works with women, men and children to help them confront and overcome their desperate situations—which often include rape and sexual abuse, unemployment, debt, depression, and other situations stemming from family violence or poverty—and build skills and strategies that will help improve their lives.

In 2005, when the center was in its 25th year of service, its ability to serve the community was hindered because the 50-year-old building in which the center functioned no longer could accommodate the center's staff, more than 400 volunteers and various programs. The center began a campaign to build a 25,246-square-foot facility on a 2 1/2-acre plot of land next to its existing building. However, as project planning progressed, the new building's costs surpassed the center's original expectations—one of the most expensive elements was the building's roof system, which included metal panels and TPO.

Fundraising efforts

Sandra McGlothlin, co-owner of Empire Roofing Ltd., Forth Worth, is an active volunteer with The Women's Center. Knowing the financial issues the center faced with the construction of its new facility, McGlothlin contacted Tim Rainey, president and owner of Supreme Systems Inc., Dallas, in spring of 2007 to discuss partnering to coordinate donations of labor and materials to provide a new roof system for the facility for free.