LEADERS — Pictured are the men who got the ball rolling on the 8th street project. From left to right are Jerry Bright, Steve Schicke and Paul Thomas. Up on the roof is the crew hard at work to help a neighbor in need. Jennifer Humphres | Staff Photo
LEADERS — Pictured are the men who got the ball rolling on the 8th street project. From left to right are Jerry Bright, Steve Schicke and Paul Thomas. Up on the roof is the crew hard at work to help a neighbor in need. Jennifer Humphres | Staff Photo

On Friday and Saturday, Steve Schicke, of Schicke Construction, and his crew replaced a roof for Michelle Curtis, an 8th Street resident.

Curtis said, "I'm very excited. I'm so happy that they came and did my roof. I so did need it because I'm disabled and I have a hard time. I struggle and what they're doing is a really good thing and I appreciate it." She continued, "I was really happy with it. The only thing that I was unhappy with was the fact that I wasn't able to come out and talk to anybody much yesterday."

Jerry Bright, vice president for Community Mission for Improved Housing (CMIH), had known Curtis and her family for quite some time. He knew of her struggle. He had also been in contact with Schicke and decided to unite in an effort to help someone and beautify Independence all at the same time.

Schicke said he's been working in the area for 35 years total. Twelve years ago, he left town but returned in 2018 and started his roofing business back up. This was in collaboration with CMIH. Schicke commented, "Thanks to Mr. Bright and Community Missions for helping me get started back up again. They've supported me and all the good citizens around Montgomery County have given us the opportunity to work for them and we're going strong again."

In the past year, Schicke has completed approximately 25 projects. He and his crew specialize in roofing and he reported, "We also do porches, decks, painting, siding, windows, any kind of remodeling work." He works with a crew of nine altogether. He added, "I've got a roofing crew and then I've got some skilled carpenters that do the carpentry work that needs done. They're a good bunch of workers." Schicke reiterated he and his crew would not be there without the contribution of Bright and CMIH. Schicke said, "They've helped me out tremendously and I want to help them beautify Independence."

Schicke is planning on helping with more projects for Love Independence. Bright said, "This is the kind of guy he (Schicke) is. It's all about helping one another."

To contact Schicke Construction, call 620-330-0948. To contact CMIH, find them on Facebook or call 620-330-2579.