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In Charleston, WV, an elderly lady, living on a fixed income, asked Lucky Ray, Executive Director, ABMen-USA, for assistance in replacing her leaking roof. Brian Jones, owner of Roofing Solutions, LLC, of Charleston and his crew answered the call. Brian supplied the materials at no cost and his crew members did the work for no pay. They arrived at the home and began work about 9 AM, December 20, 2017 and completed the job at 1:30 PM. Needless to say, the homeowner was very excited and pleased with what the men had accomplished in such a short period of time. At the end of the project, Lucky said a prayer of thanks for the crew and smiles and a feeling of satisfaction was very evident in the men. Brian said, “This is what God’s people are supposed to do for those in need.” Although Roofing Solutions, LLC, (304-553-6027) is a Charleston based company, I highly recommend them for any roofing needs that you may have. I praise God for those who use their God-given talents to help others.

In His Service

Lucky Ray

Executive Director, ABMen-USA

Baton Rouge Disaster Relief Trip – January 8-14

On January 8, 8 men from GRR Disaster Relief Teams, Everett Meister & Gordon Frobish from Area III, Don Rogers from Area IV, Mark Nelson from Area V and Richard Ruyle, Tim Johnson, George Labadie and Terry Maurizio from Area II, traveled to Baton Rouge to help with the installation of insulation and drywall in homes affected by the flooding of August 2016.  We were joined by 4 men and 1 woman from West Virginia and 1 woman and 2 men from Indiana.  The picture below shows the full team with members from True Light Baptist Church.

Our team from GRR was assigned the home of Donna Rogers to insulate and drywall.  Pictured here are our team members with Donna and John, a Deacon from the church who delivered supplies to us.


Installing insulation and drywall in her home.

We then split up and Tim, George and I stayed at Donna’s home to finish the drywall while the rest of the team when to Donna’s mother’s home.

Following pictures of water mark and team working on this home.

Mark had knowledge of furnaces and was able to work on those in 2 homes and he got them working again.  Here he is shown coming down from the attic of one home after working on furnace.

One evening we visited Geraldine Terry’s home.  When the team of Richard Ruyle, George Labadie and myself went to Baton Rouge in November of 2016, we installed the insulation in her home.  When the GRR Team led by Brian Romanowski went down a week later, they completed the drywall installation.  The pictures below show the same room in her home in November and currently.  The walls have been mudded, taped and painted and she is having flooring people come in this week.

 On Thursday evening, the whole group went our to Parain’s Seafood Restaurant for supper.  Vicky Goff, American Baptist Churhes National Volunteer Coordinator joined us and stayed over to work with us the next day.

On our way home, we drove through a winter wonderland of ice on the trees and grass but the road was clear.


We were able to complete the installation of insulation and drywall in 2 homes and insulation in a 3rd.  An ABM Disaster Relief Team from Massachusetts was flying in to work this week.  They will continue where we left off.  Jack Cobb was talking about trying to get more teams to come down sometime in March.  There is probably enough work left to keep teams busy most of this year.

 In His Service,

Terry Maurizio

Photo’s of Disaster Relief Effort in Baton Rouge Dec 2016

Update on Lodge Grass Work Party

The general contractor, plumber, and Electrician will be here this morning.  Should be able to have a better on site info.

The plumber is going to finish the drains and vents, electrician is going to mount the meter loop and connect up the breaker box.

Will also have kitchen info we need.  I started to do some wring on sat, most of two rooms done.  Big thing for electrical is lighting.