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How did the Women Roofers get started?
Rutherford Housing Partnership and the local United Way co-sponsor an annual Week of Caring – an expansion of the national Make a Difference Day program. We match volunteers to needed repair jobs for low-income homeowners. In the fall of 2002, a Sunday school class of First Baptist Rutherfordton volunteered to repair the leaky roof of a house.
But only three showed up – all women – to help the skilled leader. They fully expected him to say something to the effect of, “Well, we’ll have to try another day when we get some REAL help.” Nope. He said, “Let’s get to work” without giving a second thought to the fact that they were women who had no clue what to do.
The three enjoyed the experience so much they talked their friends into volunteering to replace an entire roof – under the direction of the guy now affectionately called “Bossman Billy.”
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