MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – They’re working up there.
On the roof.
They’ve been working since about 6:45 in the morning, even waking people.
Because a veteran lives here.
Her name is Yvette Mickey, and she served four years and 11 months in the Navy, to be exact.
She didn’t see warfare, but she saw destruction while trying to help others.
“Hurricane Andrew,“ she said. “Yeah, we went down there to help people to prepare the schools. That was fun, and exciting, and scary too.“
Something else was scary, the feel of raindrops that kept falling on her head.
Falling on her while she was inside her home.
“I’ve been in this house since 2003,“ she said. “(How long has the roof been a problem?) It’s been some years. Seven years.“
Yvette decided to try and get her roof at least repaired.
She called Memphis company ContractingPRO..
She did not know they were involved in a nationwide program called the Roof Deployment Project.
Lowell Hinte of ContractingPRO remembers.
“She was actually having some roof issues,“ he said, “and her insurance company denied the replacement of a roof. She had a lot of leaks and there were just too many problems that really surpassed her income.“
The company asked if she wanted a free roof.
A way to repay her for her service in the Navy.
She was perfect for the Roof Deployment Project.
Her prayers had been answered, she said
She knew as soon as she heard the hammers.
“I was like, wow! They’re really doing it,” Yvette said. “And I heard that noise. It was like Celine Dion singing.”
Every year a vet is chosen for work on their house. Free.
Yvette’s job would have cost her between $8,000 and $12,000.