Replacing a roof is not an easy feat. Especially for a 75-year-old. But Richard Dubiel likes to have things done “a certain way.”
So when his roof started caving in three months ago, he took on the task himself. At his age, though, roof work is hard on the body. After David Perez saw Dubiel up there day after day, he knew the man could use a break.
“It had been an ongoing thing seeing him up there after work or on the weekends… Seeing his age, I just felt that he shouldn’t be doing this by himself,” Perez told ABC News.
Perez doesn’t have any roofing experience, but he wanted to do something to help the hardworking man. So he posted an appeal on Facebook.
Along with a photo of Dubiel on the roof, he writes:
“I’m trying to reach anyone that has roofing experience. So please share this. I have a neighbor, the man on the roof in this picture, name unknown. He is about 80 years old and climbs onto the roof trying to finish putting the shingles on by himself. I feel sorry for him but I have no roofing skills. I would like to see if anyone can donate their time to help him finish. It appears that he has all the materials so looking for free labor to show up this Saturday, August 29th at 9:00am at 4834 Murphy Court Fremont, CA which is my house. If I get some responses I will verify the owner will be home that day. Keep checking this post for updates.”
The post was shared over a thousand times, and when Saturday rolled around forty volunteers heeded the call.