Mast Roofing installs new roofs for two Berks residents

When the owners of Mast Roofing and Construction put the word out in June that the company was accepting nominations for the company’s Project Peace of Mind roof giveaway program — they were hoping for a good response.

They got what they asked for.

The company received at least 70 nominations for this year’s program — by far the most it has ever received. In fact, according to Corrie Mast, the director of Project Peace of Mind, the number was about double what was seen in previous years.

In this photo are Ann Stanley, middle, with flowers, of Boyertown, recipient of a new roof from Mast Roofing and Construction; with her son Brian Stanley, top right; and his wife Lisa Stanley, top left; along with Corrie Mast, bottom left; Jason Konnick, middle right; and Kristin Keylor, bottom right, all of Mast Roofing. (PHOTO COURTESY MAST ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION)

Mast said the intention was to choose one winner. But during the process of narrowing down the nominees, she said it became apparent that this year they were supposed to have two recipients.

After a review of the nominations and voting by members of the staff — Donna Stierly of Barto, and Ann Stanley of Boyertown were selected as the recipients for this year.

MAST ROOFINGIn this photo are Donna Stierly, left, and Carol Stierly. Donna Stierly received a free roof as part of Mast Roofing and Construction’s Project Peace of Mind program. (PHOTO COURTESY MAST ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION)

According to a press release announcing the winners, Stierly was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is no longer able to work. Her roof was 30 years old and while patched, it was leaking and in need of replacement. She was nominated by her friend Carol.

Stanley served alongside her husband’s pastoral ministry for 40 years, as the church pianist, church secretary, and choir director, all while ministering to young women over the years. She has been a widow for 22 years. Her roof was 28 years old. She was nominated by her son Brian.

MAST ROOFINGAnn Stanley of Boyertown was one of two recipients of a free roof in Mast Roofing and Construction’s Project Peace of Mind. This photo shows her completed roof. (PHOTO COURTESY MAST ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION)

Both roof replacements were carried out on July 14 — in the middle of one of this summer’s heat waves.

“We felt it went quite well,” Mast said of doing both projects in one day, adding that the crews met at the Stanley house first and got things underway. “Then, half the crew went to the next spot to get started.”

She said that once the first roof was completed, the crews combined again to complete the work at Stierly’s house. Both projects were completed by late afternoon.

MAST ROOFINGThe staff of Mast Roofing and Construction on roof installation day for Project Peace of Mind. (PHOTO COURTESY MAST ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION)

Mast said that on a normal job, the crew would be anywhere from four to six members. In this case, there were 10-12 employees on each roof at times.

“It seems like it would be chaos, but they knew what they were doing. They worked like a well-oiled machine,” she added.

This was the 10th year the company awarded a free roof to a family in need. Previously, Mast Roofing and Construction has been part of the national No Roof Left Behind program. When that program ceased operations, Mast Roofing didn’t want to end its initiative — so it developed something new.

MAST ROOFINGIn this photo left to right are: Kerri Fisher, Kristin Keylor and Lylia Mast from Mast Roofing and Construction. (PHOTO COURTESY MAST ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION)

While Mast said she isn’t sure the company will do two Project Peace of Mind installations in one day next year — they will be continuing the program. She added that the company has already started getting nominations for next year’s program, and has left the nomination form active on its website. The program is open to residents of the five counties Mast Roofing services: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery.

Mast Roofing and Construction was founded by Kerwin Mast and is in its 25th year. For more information, visit www.mastsroofing.com.

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