Monday, May 9, 2011

News from the ROOF tops

We’ve had an exciting Spring at ROOF!

We are proud to announce the acquisition of the first ROOF property! Thanks to Committee Members Nancy Purcell of Stoneridge Properties and Leslie Eckholt for identifying a 2-bedroom condominium within walking distance to downtown Amesbury! The unit is lovely and will soon be home to an area family in need. We would also like to thank our funders. This important milestone would not be possible without your support.

ROOF is working with our partners at Community Action, Inc. to identify families to participate in the ROOF program. CAI and ROOF, along with other area service providers, will identify families who have an income and a plan to get up and out of crisis within a two year time period. Providing stable, safe, and decent housing for up to two years will eliminate the stress of finding a suitable living situation and will allow the family to focus on education, job training, and other skills required to stabilize their lives.

In other news, we are proud to announce a new partnership with iMarc, who has generously donated their time and talent to build the new ROOF website. Founded in 1997, iMarc LLC, is a privately held integrated web development and interactive marketing firm located in historic downtown Newburyport, MA. iMarc combines creative brand-building power with leading software development to create powerful, engaging web sites that combine creative design, leading technologies and rigorous optimization to build strong brands, and improve relationships with customers, employees and partners. iMarc is committed to supporting non-profits and has extensive experience developing websites for such organizations as Wells Reserve, Seacoast Science Center, EcoHealth Alliance, and Newport Restoration Foundation. For more information, please visit or contact Kim Jackson, Marketing Coordinator, at 978-462-8848. Thank you iMarc! Stay tuned for the launch of the new website later this spring.

Finally, we are very proud to announce a gift in the amount of $30,000 from the Moseley Foundation! The grant will be used by ROOF for property acquisition and rental subsidies for our rental program. A special thanks to Bob and Kay Howe for their passion and support.

One final item: We are always looking for household items for program families and we will post our immediate needs from time-to-time. Please keep us in mind before you dispose of furniture or small household appliances, paint, cleaning products, etc. We will put these items to good use.

Thanks to all for your help and support!!

Susanne and Kerri
Co-Chairs, ROOF Over Head Collaborative