Program provides new roof to disabled St. Johnsville veteran

Disabled veteran John Christman, right, is pictured at his West Main Street home in St. Johnsville Thursday. With him are Correll Contracting Corp. co-owners Kyle Horton and Marrissa Rubscha-Horton.
PHOTOGRAPHER:

Disabled veteran John Christman, right, is pictured at his West Main Street home in St. Johnsville Thursday. With him are Correll Contracting Corp. co-owners Kyle Horton and Marrissa Rubscha-Horton.

Categories: Fulton Montgomery Schoharie, News

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Correll Contracting Corp. has partnered with Owens Corning and Purple Heart Homes to provide a new roof to a disabled St. Johnsville veteran, with the five-day construction project beginning Thursday morning.

Owens Corning reached out to the Gloversville business to gauge interest in donating labor for a Roof Deployment Project at John Christman’s West Main Street home.

Correll Contracting Corp. was happy to assist with the project, for which Owens Corning donated materials, said co-owner Marrissa Rubscha-Horton. She and her husband, Kyle, also a co-owner, signed on as soon as they were contacted. “We were absolutely on board,” she said.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to do this for a very long time,” she said. “We’re happy to help out.”

Christman, originally from Fonda, served as an Army military policeman from 1994-1997. He purchased his village home three years ago. At that time he was aware the roof would need to be replaced, but was not yet able to afford it.

“The roof is extremely old,” potentially dating back as far as the turn of the century, said Rubscha-Horton. “Unfortunately, it’s a really expensive thing to take on, so when you have other things that come up, it can be very hard to do.”

Said Christman, “I will never be able to explain the gratitude and difference it’s going to make. Every winter, we [his family] have our fingers and toes crossed that something doesn’t happen to the roof. You have bad enough every day stress going on, but when you add on the possibility that you’re going to have some sort of major disaster, it drives the anxiety, depression and stress up to unhealthy levels.

“A new roof allows us to take a step back, breathe and say ‘We don’t have to worry about the roof now.’”  

While Correll Contracting Corp. often partners with charitable organizations — the business is currently working on a Habitat for Humanity project — the St. Johnsville roof installation “is definitely special, because it’s for a veteran that has given so much to our country,” Rubscha-Horton said. “If the least we can do is give him back a roof, I’m all for it. Now, more than ever, it’s really important to give back.”

Christman noted that while he tries to help various people and organizations as much as possible, this project has inspired him to do even more. “I pay it forward now and then … but, I think I’m going to do a little bit more now to make up for the generosity that’s been given to me. It’s time to spread more of it.”

Veterans interested in being considered for the Roof Deployment Project can contact Purple Heart Homes, or Owens Corning, which takes applicants directly or via contractors. Rubscha-Horton noted that veterans can also contact Correll Contracting Corp., which can put them in touch with Owens Corning and Purple Heart Homes.

Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project has replaced the roofs of over 200 veteran-owned homes nationwide over the past three years.

Leave a Reply