Suburban Chicago Roofing Company Fulfills Longtime Volunteer's Dream

Suburban Chicago Roofing Company Fulfills Longtime Volunteer's Dream

Bonnie Krozel put off replacing the roof on her suburban Chicago home for years. 

It wasn’t because the retired stock broker didn’t want it replaced, after all it was leaking so bad in her den that the ceiling was on the verge of collapse. No, Krozel was putting it off because she was slowly saving the $10,000 it was going to cost. That plan sprung a leak of its own when her 25-year-old car died.

“It was one of those things where I thought, ‘Well, can I live with the roof another few years?' I mean I need a car to do what I do every day helping others,” Krozel says.

Running out of options

Krozel has taken care of others most of her life. Never married, she cared for her ailing parents and an uncle in her Western Springs, Illinois home for many years until they all passed away. She’s also a dedicated community volunteer who helps numerous organizations around Chicago, and delivers toys to children battling cancer at local hospitals through the Treasure Chest Foundation in Orland Park.

So, with a leaking roof and no money to replace it, Krozel figured she was pretty much out of options. That is until she read in a local newspaper about a contest to win a new roof called No Roof Left Behind. The contest was sponsored by highly rated Licitra Roofing in neighboring Brookfield.

“I thought ‘this could be the answer to my prayers,” she says. “I knew I didn't want to nominate myself, but I started talking to one of the ladies at Treasure Chest about the contest, and the next thing I knew she had nominated me, and her son was at my house taking pictures."

Program helps when adversity strikes

No Roof Left Behind is a national program started in 2009 by brothers Jay and Matt Elie, owners of highly rated Ridgecon Construction outside of Detroit. According to their website, the brothers started the initiative because “sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes the adversity that strikes a good neighbor is so serious that even life essentials, like having a roof over your head, take a back seat to the crisis at hand.”

The program enlists the help of local roofing companies to donate a new roof to deserving homeowners who otherwise can’t afford it. Online nominations are made by community members, and the companies narrow those to a group of finalists. The winner is determined by votes made on the No Roof Left Behind website.

After waiting anxiously for eight months while 30 nominations were reviewed and 2,000 finalist votes tallied, Krozel heard the good news that she had won the contest on Aug. 15. 

“When they called me I was in shock” she says. “I never win anything. In fact, I’m usually the one in last place. It's a dream come true."

Company gives back

Jonathan Licitra is the vice president Licitra Roofing, which has served central and western Cook County for 27 years. His crew showed up to Krozel’s house Sept. 30 to begin the two-day process of tearing off her old roof and replacing it with a new one that would normally cost about $12,000. Licitra's crew also placed new gutter guards on Krozel's home.

“We couldn’t have been happier to do this job for Bonnie,” Licitra says. “She does so much, and was so appreciative.” 

This is the first year Licitra Roofing has been involved in the No Roof Left Behind program, but it won’t be the last, Licitra says.

“We’ve been in this community so long and they’ve given us so much support,” he says. “We knew it was time for us to find a way to give back.”

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