Our Investment in the World
At Allied Roof Cleaning, we’re focused beyond just providing a great service for a fair price. We also want to make a difference by investing in the local community and empowering our employees to impact the word. That’s why one of our Core Values is Compassion. Our goal is to use our company to serve those in need. Every quarter, we take one day’s revenue and either invest it in people who are making a difference or find a family that can’t afford to have their home cleaned and clean it for free. We like to think of it as a “coordinated act of kindness.” We like to share these stories not to boast, but because we get excited when we have the opportunity to give back to the community and the world at large.
SEPTEMBER WAS A VERY TRAUMATIC TIME FOR RESIDENTS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.
For a week, we watched one of the largest hurricanes on record look like it was going to go up the east coast of Florida, then suddenly change direction and head toward our hometown. Due to the size of the storm, some people left the area but several stayed to ride it out. As soon as we saw our area was going to be "ground zero" for the storm, we stopped cleaning roofs and started helping our neighbors and employees prepare for the storm.
WE SENT OUR CREWS OUT TO HELP PEOPLE PUT UP AND TAKE DOWN HURRICANE SHUTTERS.
The silver lining of the impending storm was that it brought the community closer. We were honored to help by using our crews and equipment to help those who struggled preparing their homes. We were able to help a pregnant mom, a single mom, a nurse that was called to the hospital, several elderly people who couldn't put their shutters on, and several people who needed help with the second floor. It was truly a miracle that this area wasn't impacted more by the storm.
IRMA HIT THE FLORIDA KEYS AS A CATEGORY 4 STORM WITH NOTHING BUT WARM WATER IN FRONT OF IT.
It should have been a Category 4 or 5 but, at the last minute, Irma headed inland and weakened. Although the winds were still high and we got a ton of rain, we didn't get the extreme winds or the storm surge that would have really made this storm devastating. For that, we are so grateful. Irma reminded us the importance of giving back and doing community service, consistent with our core values.
A TRIP TO NICARAGUA TO CELEBRATE AND MEET BRIAN’S SPONSOR CHILD
IN THE SUMMER OF 2017, I TRAVELED TO NICARAGUA TO BE A PART OF MY FRIEND’S PROPOSAL.
One of my good friends led a high school youth group to the city of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua and planned to propose to his girlfriend at the base of the Jesus statue overlooking the city. After he asked, and she accepted, we came out of hiding to celebrate.
AFTER OUR TIME IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE TOWN CRISTO REY, NICARAGUA.
It’s a town that only exists because it’s the location of the Managua city dump. The people who live on the outskirts of the dump work in the dump every day sorting through the trash for items they can use or sell. It’s full of trash, clothes, and medical waste. The picture on the far left is a picture of the dump. It smells horrible and is on fire most days. Children work alongside parents as they try to make a dollar or two per day, many in bare feet.
BEAUTIFUL FEET IS COMMITTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THESE PEOPLE.
The idea of Beautiful Feet is to try and break the chains of economic and emotional poverty by providing emotional support and private school education for the kids. If the kids can go to school instead of working in the dump, they have a chance to break the cycle of poverty. We sponsor a family who lives in the dump and I had the opportunity to meet them. I spent the afternoon with Ana, her 3 children, her mother, and her brother and sister. What a joy it was to meet them and give them a hug. My entire family has visited them several times since to see them and we consider them part of our family.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
2016 WAS A TREMENDOUS YEAR OF GROWTH FOR ALLIED ROOF CLEANING.
In 2016, we cleaned over 6 million square feet of roof while also expanding our services to now include two roof maintenance options. For our year-end party, we decided to schedule a day where the entire company could work at a Habitat for Humanity home in Fort Myers. For one day, our roof cleaning company turned into a painting company. The folks at Habitat were great and hugely supportive of our efforts to make a difference. Above is a short video of our adventure. Happy Holidays to everyone.
Help Our Neighbor Jude
THIS FALL, I GOT A CALL FROM A FRIEND WHO HAD MET A LADY BY THE NAME OF JUDE.
Jude was a widow that lived in East Lehigh with her dog Sadie. She was actually the neighbor of another friend who met her one day when he drove by her house and noticed that the grass was really long. He felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to go back and talk to her, so he went back introduced himself and asked if he could use her mower to cut her grass. She admitted that her mower had broken months ago and she didn't have a way to cut it. He eventually went back to his home and brought back his own mower and cut her grass. They continued to talk and he discovered that her 30 year old house was in need of significant cleaning and repair.
He reached out to Allied Roof Cleaning to pressure wash the driveway and house so that another group could come out and paint. We contemplated cleaning the roof but, because it was in such bad shape, we decided it was a better idea to replace it all together. I reached out to Glenn Bailey from Colonial Roofing who supplied the material and Gus Braat from BP Roofing installed the new roof.
Teams of other people from Riverside Church painted both the inside and out, put in all new landscaping, tore out and installed new flooring, and replaced several of her major appliances. Some of the ladies from the church even had some of her favorite pictures framed. It was an incredible experience to be a small part of the body of Christ that came to the aid of Jude. She's a precious lady and it was an honor to serve her.
ROB GOING TO HAITI WITH THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH YOUNG ADULT GROUP
THIS SUMMER’S MISSION TRIP TO HAITI HAS BEEN A TRIP I WILL NEVER FORGET.
I have gone on international mission trips before in the past and have absolutely loved them and felt called to them. Due to time and finances that have gotten in the way over the last few years, I haven't been able to take any. I am blessed to be working for a company like Allied Roof Cleaning and owners in Brian and Heidi Basik who are intentional in investing in their employees and the kingdom.
I was able to spend a week in Haiti loving on children and families, providing clean water, painting houses, and sharing the gospel. I saw some amazing things and was a part of a team who really dove into our mission of loving whoever is in front of us the best that we can. I am excited to be back in the states to bring back this new, fiery passion and desire I gained in Haiti of loving people well, and really living that out back at home. Thank you Allied for your investment in me and allowing me to do something so great. I am so blessed to be a part of this company and honored to do life with everyone who is a part of this special family!
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS ON THE CAPE
A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, ONE OF OUR CREW MEMBERS (LEE CAPO) WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS NEIGHBOR IN CORAL LAKES DURING ONE OF OUR MORNING HUDDLES.
He said his neighbor had planned to clean his roof but was unable to complete the job due to the fact that he was too tired from the effects of his Chemo treatment. Since we believe in community investment and maintaining a kingdom focus, we quickly agreed that this was a project we wanted to take on at no cost to the customer.
I CALLED HIS NEIGHBOR RICH DAVIS AND ASKED ABOUT HIS SITUATION. WHAT A GREAT GUY!
He is a retired detective from City of Fort Myers Police Department and had even appeared on two episodes of the TV show Cops. As you can see from the picture, Rich is a big guy with a huge heart for serving. He’s the one in the middle flanked by Bobby (left) and Lee (right). He found out about his cancer after he had gone through hip replacement surgery when they discovered issues in his lab work.
IT’S BEEN A LONG FIGHT FOR RICH, BUT HE HAS BEEN HOLDING UP AND BEING MOLDED BY WHAT GOD IS TEACHING HIM THROUGH THIS ORDEAL.
He is heavily supported by his family, friends, church, and community. It’s interesting to note that Rich attends Crosspoint Christian Church in the Cape, which my church (Riverside Church) has partnered with. In fact, Rich attended discipleship training just recently and had met many of the key leaders in our church. Rich is married to Amy Davis who is the founder, CEO, and Principal of the Classical Christian Academy where, I just discovered in writing this blog, the Chairman of the board is one of the fathers whose son wrestles on the team I coach at Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Small world!
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE TESTIMONY RICH HAS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERED LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES AND HOW GOD CONTINUES TO BE GOOD NO MATTER WHAT.
It was such a blessing to meet Rich and be able to serve him in a very simple way of cleaning the rest of his roof. He actually blessed us and we look forward to hopefully being able to celebrate the news that his cancer is in remission.
CREW MEMBERS ISIA & TYLER HEAD TO HAITI
This past summer, we were honored to be able to help send Isia and Tyler (two of our crew members) to Haiti on a short-term mission trip where they worked with Mission of Hope. Take a look at the video they put together about their adventure.
AMANDA & ABBY VISIT CRISTO REY, NICARAGUA
JUST ONE DAY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We took the proceeds from a day’s work and helped fund two young ladies, Amanda and Abby Ferrell, to go down to Cristo Rey, Nicaragua and work with the kids that live in the dump. They went down as part of an organization called Beautiful Feet at Riverside Church. Beautiful feet is a wonderful organization that got its name from Romans 10:15: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Please go to their website to find out more about how you can sponsor a child.
HERE IS HOW ABBY DESCRIBED HER EXPERIENCE:
“Thank you so much for sponsoring me on my missions trip to Nicaragua! I had an unbelievable time loving on the kids, being prayed over, and getting to experience God in a new way. I am so grateful for your company because, without you guys, I would not have been able to go at all and this is something that really impacted my life for the better.”
THANK YOU AMANDA & ABBY
We are very proud of both Amanda and Abby for their hearts and their willingness to go and spend their spring break loving on these kids that live in stark poverty and neglect. What a huge investment they’ve made in the lives of these kids! Please check out the video below of Amanda sharing her experience in Cristo Rey.