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.
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...
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