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TAMKO Donates Roof to Surprise Project for Phoenix Single Mother with Failing Roof

Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad and the ARCA Young Professionals group work together to repair damage to young mother’s home after her fiancé was killed by a drunk driver

TAMKO shingles now cover what was gaping holes and the exposed roof deck of Phoenix single mother Rachel’s home only a few weeks ago. Rachel was the beneficiary of a new TAMKO roof and other home repairs during a Phoenix-area 3TV news feature called Arizona's Family Surprise Squad.

Rachel had just found out she was pregnant with her second child when her fiancé was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Recent storms tore a hole in her roof and water started leaking into her home, causing further damage. She was nominated for the Surprise Squad by her mother.

 

Phoenix-area TAMKO representative with roof recipient Rachel.
Phoenix-area TAMKO representative with roof recipient Rachel.
The repairs to Rachel’s home were made possible through donations of product and labor from members of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association’s Young Professionals group, including TAMKO Building Products, Inc. who provided shingles for the roof.

 

 “This story touched all our hearts,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “We’re so glad that we were able to play a part in helping ease the burden from this young mother’s shoulders. And we feel proud to be a part of a group like the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association that is always looking to make a difference in their communities.”

The ARCA Young Professionals group has been involved in several charitable projects in recent years, but the group’s leadership knew there was something special about this situation as soon as they heard Rachel’s story.

 

Drone photography of the donated TAMKO roof.
Drone photography of the donated TAMKO roof.
Eric Perry, COO of Azul Roofing Solutions and member of the ARCA Young Professionals, said, “The response was overwhelming with people willing to step up and help. I couldn’t be happier with the way it came together. Any time we have the ability to use our skills in this trade to help someone, especially so deserving, like Rachel, it’s a no-brainer. Her response made it all the better too. It just made us want to do more and more for her.”

 

Some of the other ARCA Young Professionals members involved in the repair project include employees from Lifetime Roofing Systems, Tecta America, Star Roofing, Elite Roofing Supply and Wrecorp.

Watch the Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad episode featuring Rachel

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The donated TAMKO Heritage shingles in Painted Desert installed on Rachel’s home.

About the ARCA Young Professionals

ARCA Young Professionals is a program of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association designed for up-and-coming young professionals in the roofing industry ages 25-45. The group connects young professionals with more seasoned experts through networking, volunteering, education and technology within the industry. The focus is to attract more young people to the roofing industry and promote progress and professionalism within the industry by advancing quality, work ethic and instilling a sense of pride in our skilled tradesmen and future executives.

About Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad

Arizona’s Family, powered by 3TV and CBS 5, serves nearly 7-million people in the Phoenix DMA. Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad accepts nominations for Phoenix-area residents with a need, and helps coordinate meeting those needs through donations by local businesses and organizations, and then surprises the chosen recipient with the good news.

About TAMKO


TAMKO Building Products is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products. For more information about TAMKO, visit our website at www.tamko.com.