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February 28, 2014

Raising for the roof

Tonawanda News — Three charitable organizations rely on Twin Cities Community Outreach for shelter, heat and electricity — but the nonprofit is now in need of assistance of its own.

The outreach group is in the midst of a considerable fundraising campaign to replace the Ridge Road building's deteriorating roof after deciding last year that patch repairs weren't working. 

"We were completing patches for a long time, and we looked at the bills and figured out that it wasn't helping the roof," TCCO President Greg Lureman said. "We had to get it done right, so we began reaching out to the community."

Last year, the East Hill Foundation awarded TCCO with a grant of $38,000, which allowed for the replacement for a small part of the roof, measuring about 4,750 square feet. But the main portion of the roof, which is 20,700 square feet and shelters most of the tenants, is still in dire condition.

TCCO has raised $45,000 over the past year to help preserve the building that houses the North Tonawanda Meals-On-Wheels, the NT Inter-Church Food Pantry and the Inter-Church Clothes Closet. The building is a former hockey rink and was donated to the group for $1 more than 20 years ago.

The outreach group has participated in many events, including NT's Snowflake Ball and Canal Fest, to help raise money for the effort. St. Martin's Lutheran Church also organized a fundraiser, and the TCCO has held events of their own.

"I think we are doing a phenomenal job. Our volunteers have been busting their butts," Lureman said. "We have done so much, and we started with nothing, and we're up to $45,000. That may not seem like a lot, but it is."

But the job will likely cost between $175,000 and $200,000, so the organization still has a long path ahead.

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