Veterans Need a Roof at ABCCM’s VRQ
When a homeless veteran looks up while eating, he sees the water stains on the ceiling tiles. When a veteran kitchen helper saw drips running into a light fixture, he cut the power just in time to avert a crisis. We have made lots of patches during this record breaking rainy season. ABCCM Veterans’ Restoration Quarters (VRQ) has already put on new roofs over three residential wings and now we need your help! We need a roof over our training rooms, kitchen and dining facilities for 250 veterans a day. The roof requires a total replacement according to experts in the city’s Building Inspection Department and the Facilities Manager of the V.A. Medical Center – Asheville.
ABCCM had experts conduct boring samples on the flat roof. All of these samples showed significant decay. The roof is essentially water logged. Bids came in at $90,000-$95,000. The City Building Inspector’s advice to our Property Committee was to strip off the old roofing material; replace it with a new molded insulation and TPO material that would restore the integrity of the roof as originally engineered. This is needed because of the significant decay, over an area that is approximately 10,625 sq. ft.
ABCCM was selected for a matching grant of about $20,000 by the Veterans Administration. Johnson Roofing Concepts made an in-kind gift which will bring the original cost of $90,000 to $45,000. Now we need your help to raise the remaining $25,000!
As part of a larger capital campaign, we need to raise $25,000 to replace this 10,625 sq. ft. roof. Your gift of $10-$100 will help provide the matching funds. Your gift will put a roof over our veterans! Thanks for considering this small investment with such a major impact for our humble heroes. The winter clouds are gathering, will you help?
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Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) creates opportunities for volunteers to work together to help meet the critical needs of their neighbors. ABCCM is a coalition of area congregations that respond to emergency assistance needs in Asheville and Buncombe County for families in poverty, those incarcerated, the homeless and the uninsured.