FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2014
CONTACT: Ivonne Amor, 305.299.2091
HOMESTEAD MOM NOW HAS A NEW ROOF THANKS TO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER’S SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
T&S Roofing’s Installation Celebration a Huge Success
MIAMI, FL – July 19, 2014 – Carmen Torres has a new roof over her head and on her home thanks to a South Florida company’s social media campaign to give back to the community. Ironically, Torres, a single mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren, successfully beat out other needy homeowners despite not even owning a computer!
Roofers from T&S Roofing Systems arrived to the Torres home at 18503 S.W. 355th Terrace in Homestead early this morning to remove damaged shingles and replace Torres’ roof. While that was going on, friends and neighbors, employees of T&S Roofing, roofing suppliers from GAF and ABC and members from non-profit organization, Centro Campesino, celebrated in Torres yard during the “Installation Celebration”. The group shared food and enjoyed music, while children jumped up and down in the bounce house.
“I couldn’t sleep last night thinking this was a dream, but when I woke up this morning, the roofers were here,” said Torres. “I am so excited and thankful to T&S Roofing and everyone who voted for me,” she added.
Torres’ 24-year-old daughter Sarail and her youngest son, 17-year-old Liborio, who live with Torres and were crucial to her win, were also among those celebrating. The celebration comes after a six-month long social media campaign, sponsored by T&S Roofing Systems and No Roof Left Behind. The company asked neighbors to nominate a deserving and needy homeowner. Five finalists were announced and the one with the highest votes was awarded a new brand new roof from T&S Roofing.
“South Florida has been good to us and we just wanted to give back to the community we love,” said Louis Toledo, co-owner of T&S Roofing. Every year, T&S helps those in the community, but this event is the company’s largest to date. The partnership with the nationwide No Roof Left Behind program is T&S Roofing System’s way to give back to the community for ten successful years in the roofing business. The company owners, Toledo and Ernesto Sanchez, started as a small business and now apply for more roofing permits in Miami-Dade County, then any other roofer. Located at 1461 NW 23rd Street in Miami, T&S Roofing will pay all materials and labor costs for the Torres’ new roof.
Torres’ new roof really is a neighborhood affair. She was nominated with the help of Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, an agency that advises and helps low-income families and farmworkers in Florida. The agency told Torres about the program and put up her nomination and request for votes on its Facebook page. Torres’ daughter did the same thing. Torres then asked anyone and everyone she met to vote for her.
“All of us at Centro Campesino Farmworker Center are delighted that T & S Roofing made this vital home improvement for the Torres family. Without it, if a severe storm hits our area, the family and the home, which means so much to them, would be in danger. Now they don’t have to worry,” said Diane Cantor, Executive Director of Centro Campesino.
Torres’ home has needed fixing for nearly a decade. Nearly ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina damaged her roof. The powerful storm lifted the shingles of the home and rotted the wood. At the time, the damage didn’t seem like much, but over time, the roof has made Torres’ home difficult to live in. Now she doesn’t have to worry about that.
“The power of social media is incredible and the No Roof Left Behind program proves it,” said Toledo. “It’s amazing neighbors made this possible by coming together and spreading the word about such a deserving family. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!” he ended.
**Editor’s Note: B-roll, interviews and photos from the event are available. Please contact Ivonne Amor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.299.2091 to request video and images.
About T&S Roofing Systems, Inc.
T&S Roofing Systems is the leading residential roofing company serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Established in 2004, the Miami roofing company services over 400 homes per year, more than any single roofing company in the Tri-County area, and proudly maintains an A rating with Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.tsroofingsystems.com or call 305.639.7663.
About No Roof Left Behind
No Roof Left Behind is a nationwide program that gives folks in the community a way to help their good neighbors that have fallen on hard times. The No Roof Left Behind program provides a local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at no cost to a deserving homeowner in need.
About Centro Campesino Farmworker Center
Formed in 1972 to address the deplorable housing conditions faced by farmworkers and other low-income families in South Florida, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center or CCFC has evolved into a multi-service agency, which also serves clients in Central Florida. Over 90% of people receiving benefits through CCFC programs are minorities. CCFC has operated continuously for 42 years dedicated to community building, economic development, affordable housing and free educational programs for people of all ages. For more information about Centro Campesino, please visit www.centrocampesino.org or call 305.245.7738 and dial extension 230.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PRESENTS CENTRO CAMPENSINO
WITH A PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
(MIAMI, December 3, 2012) – Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor and Regulatory and Economic Resources Director Jack Osterholt presents Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc. with a proclamation in honor of its 40th anniversary. More than 100 business and community leaders attended the event at Northern Trust, including Doug Gaither of NeighborWorks America in Atlanta and Douglas McCree of the First Housing Foundation in Tampa.
Picture from left to right: Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor and Regulatory and Economic Resources Director, Miami-Dade County; Joseph Segor, Board President, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center (CCFC); Diane Cantor, Executive Director, CCFC; Wilfrid Pressa, Board Member, CCFC; Marco Tejada, Board Vice President, CCFC; and CCFC Board Members Ed Duarte, Melanie Garman and Cristina Lumpkin.
Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc.
Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc. (Centro) is a not-for-profit rural development organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-sufficiency of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, their children and other low-income families of all ethnicities and races. Centro focuses its efforts and programs to address the following major avenues of service: rural weatherization/rehab, affordable home ownership and rentals, homebuyer/homeowner solutions regarding credit rebuilding/preparation for purchase and foreclosure mitigation, family strengthening, education, job preparation for farmworkers, community building, disaster relief, and advocacy for the rights of farmworkers. For more information, visit centrocampesino.org or call (305) 245-7738.
# # #
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128