The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

November 12, 2013

Habitat repairs roof for widow of vet

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — With the winter’s first snow already forecast, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity pledged to work Monday on the roof of Carolyn Robinson’s home “until the last shingle has been nailed down.”

The re-roofing project, which began Saturday and wrapped up Monday, was the centerpiece of the Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s annual Veterans Day build event in the Spa City.

The widow of World War II veteran Roland Maurice Robinson, Carolyn Robinson struggles with limited income and ongoing health problems, but is known in her community for generously volunteering her time to help others. She heads up the food pantry at her church, New Vision Baptist, where she is also director of the mission ministry.

When she realized in March that the roof on her aging home was no longer weather-tight, Robinson fretted and prayed over her plight, finally sharing the burden with her daughter, who in turn called Habitat for Humanity.

“I thought they just built houses; I didn’t know they did repairs, too,” Robinson said following Monday’s ceremony near her house. “Habitat is just a blessing to Greenbrier County.”

Robinson told the crowd of more than 30 people who gathered to mark Veterans Day by volunteering to replace the roof on the home she shares with her grandson, “I am thankful this morning. I thank you this morning for your love.

“I prayed and I prayed. This morning is my answer. We will not have to be concerned about being cold and the roof leaking. To God be the glory.”

She concluded her remarks by offering to return the favor to the willing workers, telling them, “If you need me... I will do whatever I can for you.”

Other speakers at Monday’s ceremony included White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity COO Evan Zuverink and Kathie D. Holland, pastor of Robinson’s church and Greenbrier County family support specialist for Habitat.

Veterans Build is Habitat for Humanity’s national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans and active service members and their families.

The local Habitat office is in White Sulphur Springs at 39 E. Main St. For more information on the organization, e-mail ContactUs@AlmostHeavenHabitat.org or phone 304-647-3342.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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