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(WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale family is sound asleep tonight after years of fighting. Kevin Ozebek from the Nightteam has the exclusive story of how helping hands have changed their lives.

When Hurricane Irma hit South Florida in September 2017, the Walters family knew their roof was in trouble.

Annette Walters, homeowner: “When it rained, it got harder and harder and we knew it would soon collapse.”

Clayton Walters, Homeowner: “It was very bad, really bad. It started to wear off. “

The roof in the bedroom collapsed. Then mold started to grow, which made the family sick.

Annette Walters: “I was constantly in the hospital and knew that it was the mold. We all four move into the cave. We sleep in the cave, mattress in the cave. We had to stay there because everything had just fallen apart. “

Without insurance there was no money for a new roof, but one day, after almost three years of misery, the neighbors saw a woman repairing a roof nearby. They reached out their hand to her and discovered a group called National Women in Roofing.

MaryBeth Reed, National Women in Roofing: “We reached out to the construction and roofing community and said, ‘Hey, we have this family in dire need. What can we do to help you? ‘And really, it was the power of all these women. We have well over 120 members here in South Florida and nearly 2,000 across the country. “

With her urging, it wasn’t long before local businesses got involved.

Sandy Giel, National Women in Roofing: “We had literally 10 people in the first three hours and it’s just snowball from there. It’s just an amazing, amazing thing. “

A total of 37 South Florida companies have offered workers, materials, or donations for an estimated $ 45,000.

Colin Kepley, Skilcon Roofing and Waterproofing: “It’s a nice thing to be able to help someone in need and just bring the Fort Lauderdale churches together. We are a hard hit area with COVID-19 and it is great to see everyone working together to make this happen. “

When they started the project, the volunteers were shocked by the state of the house.

Worker: “As you can see, the wood is already damaged. There is mold and water damage has occurred. The family couldn’t sleep here because of this mold. “

Soon it was out with the old roof, took it off and fixed the carpentry, trusses and put on a new flat roof and shingles.

Volunteer: “Are you going to pretty much flash the edge area?”

Volunteer: “Yes.”

Inside, the mold is removed and new drywall for the ceiling is built.

Clay Thomas, Advanced Roofing: “I think the fact that we can not only stop the problem but also improve it is huge.”

For the volunteers it was a love job.

Marlene Contreras, National Women in the Roof: “This is what National Women in the Roof is about!”

For the Walters family, it is a gift they will never forget.

Annette Walters: “If they hadn’t come into my life, my family and I would be literally homeless. They are amazing. You are my angels. “

The roofing industry comes together, their many helping hands make a difference for a family in need.

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