U.S. Navy veteran Louis Foraker was overjoyed on Tuesday morning, as workers showed up to replace the roof of his home.
“Fantastic, isn’t it?” veteran and former roofer Foraker chuckled under a sunny blue sky, watching volunteers restore his home. Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Abernathy Roofing & Construction, have donated time and money to providing local servicemen with safety and shelter.
Since 2016, the project has provided new roofs for over 200 veterans nationwide — and the numbers continue to grow. Scott Clayton, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity’s executive director, was encouraged to see Foraker’s reaction. “I was listening to (Foraker’s) interview, and he used the word ‘fantastic’ about three times,” Clayton said, “So I know that he’s thrilled by what’s happened here today.”
“It means he has one less thing in his life to worry about,” he continued, saying volunteers showed up “to come