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Christmas in Action repairs roof of home
07/17/2015 - By Ashley Rose - Cleburne Times Review
Christmas in Action, a Cleburne Christian ministry organization, started the process of repairing the roof of a mobile home on Wednesday.
Homeowner Sheila Ray, 60, has been living in the home since 2000. As she raised her three children, she developed severe arthritis, which caused her to have a bad hip.
“It’s a wonderful community,” Ray said. “I feel really good being here.”
With the rain Texas accumulated these past few months, Ray’s roof continued to leak.
“I’ve never owned a home before, so I didn’t really know what to do when the roof shingles started to fall off because of bad storms,” Ray said.
Ray met Becker when he was inducted into the Southwestern Adventist University Hall of Fame in early 2014. Ray told him about her leaky roof and they started discussing what to do.
Former president of Keene Type B Board Charles Ferrier said that the donations for Ray’s house came from the Sabbath school at Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church and other groups within the church. Ferrier volunteers with CIA in his spare time.
“We’re really happy that would could do this because there’s always something that needs to be done,” Ferrier said.
CIA member Teresa Richardson said that the first week of April every year, the organization puts together a group of volunteers and disperses them around Johnson County to build homes.
Sometimes we have anywhere from 200 to 300 volunteers at a time, Richardson said. United Way provides the funds to build all these homes.
All the building supplies is provided by D&G Quality Roofing. The company repairs roofs for apartment complexes and residential homes all over the state.
“We’re really glad to be able to help those that need it,” DGQR Don Weatherbe said.
Becker said he loves to work for a Christian ministry.
“People are so appreciative when they get help,” Becker said. “You develop relationships with those people.”
Ray said she is thankful for all the help that she has gotten.
“I can’t describe how thankful I am,” Ray said. “It’s so wonderful.”
CIA was created in Midland by Bobby Trimble in 1972. The group’s mission is to “To put Christian values in action, not just talk about them,” according to its website. Over 300 homes in Johnson County have been repaired since it was established in 1999.
CIA member Jerry Becker said that the group’s goal is to repair over 50 homes this year.
“It’s really inspiring to work with a ministry organization like this,” Becker said. “That’s what keeps you going.”
CIA starts accepting applications every fall and looks over them in November to assess which homes qualify to be repaired. Each person applying must own the home they want repaired.
Becker said that most repairs are either roof repairs or interior/structural repairs. All of their supplies are donated. Donations come from places like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and individual contributions.
Visit christmasinaction.net for more information about CIA and to apply for home repair assistance.
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