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Roof angels to the rescue

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RoofCare employee Jesus Aragon repairs the parapet of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission this month as part of the company’s annual Roof Angel Project, which involves pro bono roof repairs to charities that help those in need. (COURTESY OF ROOFCARE)

The Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, which doesn’t accept government funding to help the homeless and disadvantaged, was this year’s beneficiary of Albuquerque-based RoofCare’s Roof Angel Project.

A RoofCare crew fixed the roofs of a pair of roughly 65-year-old buildings, a combined 2,800 square feet, that date to when the mission’s three-acre grounds were a trailer park. The two buildings are used mostly to house some of the mission’s 13 full- and part-time employees.

“I appreciate the evaluation that led them to select us way down here in little old Las Cruces,” said mission executive director Bob Jeska.

“There are actually very few pure charities still around that spend no government or public tax dollars,” he said. “The Gospel Rescue Mission is one of those ‘pure charities.’ That is, we rely exclusively on gifts from businesses, churches, civic organizations and caring individuals.”

The value of RoofCare’s repairs was about $3,200, not including the material donated by Long Beach, Calif.-based APOC Roofing & Waterproofing, the commercial roofing division of Gardner Industries, said RoofCare marketing director Jonathan Small.

“What it was going to cost me would’ve been quite a bit more, $8,000-$10,000 to get the repairs done, maybe more,” Jeska said.

The mission served 81,061 meals in 2014, a 35 percent increase over 2013, according to its website. It logged 17,066 men’s lodging nights in 2014, a 45 percent increase from the year before, and 6,864 lodging nights for women and children, a more than 50 percent increase from the year before.

Total lodging night numbers will end 2015 about 20 percent higher than in 2014, Jeska said, while the number of meals will drop by about the same percentage due to an expansion of the meal program at the nearby Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

The Gospel Rescue Mission’s services incorporate Christian guidance as a way to build a spiritual foundation for those who need help.

Founded in 2008, RoofCare is a commercial contractor that specializes in roof repair, maintenance and renovation services. Its pro bono Roof Angel Project is in its fourth year. Past recipients have included the Albuquerque Rescue Mission in 2014 and Joy Junction in 2013.

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