Local recovery home wins contest for new roof

The recovery-meeting house at 812 W. Chestnut Ave., in Arkansas City was one of eight winners to receive free roofing work in a nationwide contest sponsored by Aspen Contracting.

A house in Arkansas City where recovering addicts gather is getting its roof fixed for free.

The nonprofit that owns the home at 812 W. Chestnut — where Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held — announced recently that it was among the 2019 winners in a contest sponsored called Cover 4 Others, sponsored by Aspen Contracting.

The cost of the roof work is estimated at $12,000, and construction is expected to start this week, according to Kerry Schnackenberg, past president of First Things First, Inc., the nonprofit that owns the house.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we thank all of those who voted and had a hand in making this happen,” Schnackenberg said in an email. “We are so excited to have received this award and are grateful for the opportunity to be able to continue to serve the community in this capacity.”

First Things First, Inc., has maintained the property for 22 years. Roof leaks started five years ago and progressed to water pouring into a front window, and part of the roof sagging, according to contest information. Only a small portion had been raised to make the needed repairs.

Schnackenberg said she learned about the contest through Aspen Contracting sales representative Brandon Witten, who came to do a quote on her home after a hail storm.  

“I asked him if he knew of any possible solutions for First Things First, he recommended Covers 4 Others,” she said.

Aspen Contracting is a nationwide company headquartered near Kansas City.

First Things First, Inc., joins seven other winners in the 2019 contest, and is the only one from Kansas.

The nonprofit’s board also includes Schatzie Troup, president; Norma Cloud, secretary; Bert Wilson and Tony Tapia.

“Through 12-step recovery our organization contributes to the lives of individuals and families by improving the quality of life and saving the lives of 100’s if not 1,000’s of people,” the contest entry states.

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