Traverse City Veteran Receives New Roof on Home

A Traverse City veteran got a brand new roof over his head Thursday for free.

Bill Ruck was in desperate need of a brand new roof and Thursday the Habitat for Humanity and two local companies came together to make that happen.

Bill Ruck proudly served our country in the U.S. Army, but recently found the roof on his home starting to show its age.

“There were a few shingles missing, and it was because I had a big ash tree in the back yard that died and every time I had a storm I’d have big branches on my roof,” said Ruck.

That led bill to the Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region.

“We found this program with Owens Corning this Roof Deployment Program that helps veterans who are in need of a new roof. So we worked with them and they were able to get story roofing to help us out to repair and replace this roof for Bill, our veteran that we’re working with,” said Kathleen English, Homeowner and Volunteer Services Manager.

Owens Corning and Story Roofing had their crews on top of Bill’s home today replacing his roof all at no cost to Bill.

“It feels great. It’s a great way to give back and say thank you to our veterans and provide us the freedom we sleep under every night,” said Joel Pomeroy, Regional Sales Manager for Owens Corning.

“Anytime you can help out anybody in the community and do something good it always feels great,” said David Doyle, Operations Manager for Story Roofing.

A simple gesture for a man who fought for the freedom we enjoy every day.

“They say it will make it a lot warmer inside with new shingles on and I won’t have to worry about any leaks in the house. I’m really grateful,” said Ruck.