On opposing ends of the Portland, Oregon metro area this summer, two homeowners in need of significant roof repairs became beneficiaries of the good work of Catalyst Partnerships, a community-based, volunteer home repair organization plus materials provided by Malarkey Roofing Products®.
With interests in carpentry and public service, Shawn Mitchell established Catalyst Partnerships in September 2007 as an informal grass-roots effort with a few volunteers who simply wanted to help neighbors with home repairs due to physical or financial limitations. By the following year, the organization was registered as a public-benefit, non-profit corporation and soon thereafter a 501(c)3 Public Charity. Catalyst Partnerships has completed over 170 projects in Oregon and Washington over the past decade, with the help from thousands of local volunteers.
Recently, Lisa Bishop met with Catalyst crew chiefs Pat Baker, Rex Yetter, and Darrell Kriechbaum at her double-wide mobile home in Wilsonville. Ms. Bishop, said Mitchell, is a single, middle aged woman who lives with her disabled son. Her roof had exceeded its serviceable life and was leaking badly. In three days, 50 volunteers from Community of Hope Lutheran Church replaced the whole roof, including the plywood deck. Malarkey supplied The Alaskan® shingles, underlayment, starter shingles, and hip & ridge materials. Now, Ms. Bishop and her son will stay safe and dry for years to come, Mitchell added. See their work here.
In August, Northeast Portland resident, Mr. Mildrexler met crew chief Kriechbaum and 30 volunteers.
“Mr. Mildrexler has lived in his split-level, single family home for 45 years. He lives alone and has been recovering from a very serious injury,” said Mitchell. “Less than two years ago, he fell from his roof while trying to patch some leaky spots, and suffered several broken ribs and a severe concussion. He is very low-income and has been struggling to take care of things ever since.”
With the arrival of the Catalyst crew, the old roof was stripped off and replaced with brand-new products all in one weekend. More images of the project can be seen here. Malarkey provided Highlander® shingles and Right Start™ UDL , a fiberglass SBS polymer modified, water-resistant underlayment for steep slope applications.
Catalyst Partnerships welcomes submissions of both recipient and volunteer applications in Oregon and Washington on their website.
Along with a host of other community programs Malarkey is involved with, generous reroofing projects are at the core of our company mission to provide quality, reliable roofing materials for the safety and security of all homeowners. Elsewhere this summer, Malarkey provided roofing materials to contractor TB Quality Construction for a home in need in Salem, Oregon and to Rooftops ES for a well-deserving veteran in Idaho.