A Joliet Veterans of Foreign Wars post now has a new roof thanks to some help from the community.
“With winter coming and a leaky roof that was decades old, the Cantigny VFW Post 367 was in a tight spot,” Joliet City Council member Larry Hug said in a news release. “A job that would cost upwards of $15,000 just wasn’t in the budget.”
Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, the post had a new roof installed compliments of local labor and business, with all labor and materials donated.
It all started when post Cmdr. Lou Smith told Hug about the dire need for a new roof on the iconic Horseshoe Drive building, according to the release. Hug then reached out to Three Rivers Construction Alliance executive director Tom White, Will-Grundy Building Trades president Doc Gregory and Roofers’ Local #11 business manager Gary Menzel.
“Our roof had been leaking in four places for the last three years. [It] should have been replaced five years ago, but we couldn’t afford the expense,” Smith said. “Our dreams have come true through the generous donations of everyone who came out.”