Visiting volunteers install new roof for local family — West Yellowstone News Online News

Helping Out

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014 10:29 am

Local resident Samantha Brown and her two children Tayler and Tommy were all smiles this week after Habitat for Humanity volunteers from around the country arrived at her West Yellowstone home to install a new tin roof.

Brown has been submitting paperwork to Habitat since 2011 in hopes of one day getting her leaky roof fixed. The local woman has lived in West Yellowstone for 15 years, and says her roof has been in need of help for four or five years.

“It’s been leaking horribly,” Brown said. “We had water coming through our light fixtures and in the winter it was leaking from one end (of the home) to the other.”

Due to the pitch and shingles on her roof, snow wouldn’t slide off naturally. This forced Brown to get up on the roof in the winter to shovel the snow off. Despite shoveling the snow, ice would still build up and melt during the day, causing leaks. The water would then refreeze at night, sticking around all winter long. The new roof will allow snow to slide off without any shoveling necessary and future leaks shouldn’t occur.

The new roof is also dark green in color, which should generate enough heat during sunny days to melt away any snow that doesn’t slide off, she added.

“I’m super excited to have a metal roof,” Brown smiled. “People from all over came to help put the roof on. They came a long ways to help us out and I can’t say thanks enough.”

Brown also thanks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints West Yellowstone for providing lunch to the Habitat volunteers on Monday, and Community Protestant Church was going to do the same on Tuesday, however the project was completed earlier than expected on Monday afternoon.

The new roof will cost Brown approximately $2,000, however, Habitat makes monthly payments that Brown can afford to pay it all back.

“They make it affordable to pay back,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity construction supervisor Mark Baker says the project went smoothly because of the strong team of Care-A-Vanners that came to help with the project. Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanners travel around the country in their RVs going from build to build, meaning most are quite experienced in assisting in construction projects. Local woman Connie Cusick also helped with the installation.

“We utilize them quite a bit; volunteers are tough to find,” he said. “Bozeman and Gallatin Valley volunteers are at a premium and Care-A-Vanners bring a lot of experience because they work on a lot of Habitat homes. We get a lot of good work out of them.”

Scott and Kim Maltman came from Sandy, Ore. to help with the project. According to Kim, this was their second Care-A-Vanner project for Habitat.

“The first time was very inspirational and exciting; we couldn’t wait for the next (project); it’s a good organization and good people,” Kim said. “It’s so inspiring you want to do more.”

According to Baker, Habitat has been doing one project a year in West Yellowstone since 2010. He says Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley serves both Gallatin and Park counties and says it is important for the organization to include West Yellowstone in annual projects due to the small mountain town’s limited space.

“West Yellowstone is limited in growth potential and repairing homes is the best option until they get space to build new homes,” he said. “We were really happy with how it went. We had beautiful weather, a good crew and it went as smooth as I expected.”

Habitat for Humanity for Gallatin Valley thanks the Holiday Inn for providing a discount on food for the traveling volunteers, and Yellowstone Cabins and RV Park for donating space for three RV rigs to stay at during the project.

Brown also thanks Pattie Hostetter, owner of Little Geysers Child Care Center in West Yellowstone.

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