WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Mirquy Jimenez served in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2011 as secure communications support, operating, installing and maintaining phones, computers, satellites and more, from hardware to software. She was deployed to Iraq as well as domestically, including time in Washington state.
Wednesday, a new roof was deployed to her West Warwick home as part of a program paying back veterans for their service to our country. Rhode Island Home Improvement and the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity are taking care of the work needed for her home and others around the region.
Jimenez was able to buy the house two years ago, having moved to Rhode Island after growing up closer to Boston, but ended up having to fix significant problems, including plumbing.
Then, trouble sprouted from the roof. But ruination turned to relief when she got the call that she was going to be given what she needed at no cost.
“I’m actually speechless,” she said. “I’m not an animated person, but I’m definitely excited that this is getting done,” especially ahead of the winter months.
Owens Corning donated the materials, and in bringing the person-power, RIHI’s Anthony Aurgemma said they were proud to do the installation.
“It goes beyond words for how our company feels in regards to giving back to our veterans,” Aurgemma said.
And the giving will be share and share alike.
“I can’t wait to pay it forward and volunteer my [own] time,” Jimenez said.
Amy Gates, the president of Habitat for Humanity West Bay and Northern Rhode Island, said Wednesday’s project has a personal tie for her, being a veteran herself.
“She’s been through a lot with this house,” she said of Jiminez. “If we can simply put a new roof on it, that’s one last burden that she has to worry about.”