Apostolate of Packages for the Philippines
What kind of apostolate?
Our Polish community in the Parish of St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield regularly ships packages with clothes, children’s toys and dry food to poor families and children. It is a simple way for our apostolate to reach others, especially those who are in need.
Why the Philippines?
I worked as a missionary in the Philippines for twelve years. I was assigned to a parish with thirty villages on the island of Mindanao. I did my best to visit every chapel (every village) every other month. During my ministry in that parish I had a chance to meet many wonderful people, many of them faithful Christians, who are quite poor. This is especially true of those who live in the mountains, in the places that are remote. While they have very little, they do not ask for help. I noticed that they eat once a day and have a very simple life-style. It was my initiative to organize some help for them.
How did it begin?
When I was still in the Philippines we began to form so-called Dehonian Youth Missions. It was done regularly twice a year. We organized and trained young people in the chapels which were better settled. We helped them to prepare and organize a ten-day mission trip to the most remote and neglected chapels in our parish. The task of the youth was to visit every house, talk to the families and gather the youth from that village during the mission. Then, a local youth group in that particular community was organized. Additionally, we brought them food, clothes and gifts for the children. Often we had doctors and nurses with us. As missionaries, we were carrying on our pastoral work during the same time. It was quite a successful collaboration and team work. In fact, we were learning and receiving many spiritual benefits from the humble people.
Since I have been assigned to the USA, I now organize some help for the Dehonian Youth from here. I am glad that the youth and missionaries, my friends, continue their ministry in the most remote places in the Philippines. To these day, these Dehonian Youth Missions continue and spread to other parishes.
How do we do it in Plainfield?
We collect clothes, dry food and toys for children. The clothes do not need to be new, but must be clean and in good condition. The clothes must be for summer and petite people. Any kind of toys are good. The children in the remote places in the Philippines have none and so appreciate any thing.
There is a group of volunteers in our parish in Plainfield who collect, store, select and pack goods given by others. We send the packages twice a year to the Dehonian Youth in my former parish. The youth sort and distribute them to the most needed during their missions. It works well. It is our simple apostolate and we have a big part of the missions in the Philippines.
The cost of shipping?
Each family who bring clothes or toys should contribute to the cost of shipping. Usually two, three or four families collect things and money for one package. One package is quite large (the weight does not matter) and costs $65.00. Global Cargo Movers, a Filipino shipping company which helps us to deliver our packages to the parish in Cagayan de Oro, is the most economical at this moment.
You are very welcome to join us in our apostolate.
Contact persons: Barbara – phone: 815 582 6367; Fr. Andrew – phone: 312 647 8783.
Since the dawn of civilization, there have been many, many discoveries and advances in roofing materials and techniques. Here are a few of our favorite “did you know”s for you to enjoy!
1. Some of the oldest roofing materials in the world are thatch, clay, and stone. Thatch was likely used between 5000 and 1800 B.C.. Clay tiles can be traced all the way back to around 10,000 B.C.!
2. Thatched roofs are effective because the reed used is naturally waterproof, and is bundled so tightly that it simply sheds water. A thatched roof can shed water, sleet, and snow.
3. Red and white cedar shingles are listed as one of the most “classic” roofing types for homes in the Pacific Northwest.
4. While the idea of natural building materials still holds strong sentimental appeal, some insurance companies charge more to cover a home with a wood-shake roof because of the potential for fire, and others won’t insure it at all.
5. Metal roofing materials are often lighter in weight than wood shingles.
6. Even though asphalt shingles are a newer product (invented circa 1900), they are by far the most popular roofing product in America.
7. Green roofing materials are longer lasting than asphalt roofing tiles.
8. Traditional green roofs (the type with plants going on them) don’t leak if they are installed properly. This is because the plants and soil protect your roof from sun damage and extreme temperature changes. So, as long as the water barrier is intact, a green roof can keep your home dry for years to come.
9. Water tends to travels before it drips down visibly. Interestingly, a leak can come out twenty feet away from the original leak in a roof.
10. The most common weak spots on your roof are areas that need protection from flashing. However, damaged shingles or damage in the waterproofing material which lays underneath the shingles are also common causes of roof leaks.A leak may not mean you need to replace your entire roof. However, if the leak has persisted lasted long enough without management, there is likely dry rot involved – or the roof is very old – it may be time to get it replaced. If your roof needs servicing, don’t hesitate
- Be prompt in filing the claim and responding to information requested by the insurer. If there is a request you think is unreasonable, say so quickly and in writing.
2. Write down the claim number as soon as you file it and post it somewhere prominent in your home and office. You’ll need it every time you discuss the claim with the insurer.
3. Start a notebook to document every communication you have with your insurer, including the date, time and a summary of the conversation, and to keep track of the status of your claim. As part of creating this paper trail, confirm any communication or promises made in person or by phone with a short follow-up email or letter. Take notes on any improper conduct by the insurer or the company’s adjuster, which may help you negotiate a settlement.
4. Find out the name of the insurance company’s staff adjuster assigned to your claim and write it down, the Consumer Federation said in a statement. An insurer will typically send an independent adjuster, or hired contractor, to your home to estimate damage. That hired adjuster may not be authorized to make claims decisions and payment on behalf of the insurer and you may need to follow up with the company employee making those decisions.
5. Be proactive in providing the insurance company proof of damage and asking for claims payments required. “Don’t wait for them to tell you how much they owe you,” United Policyholders advised.
6. Be polite, accurate and avoid spelling and grammar errors in your correspondence with the company. “Don’t use your insurance company as an outlet to vent frustrations and emotions related to the original cause of your loss,” suggested the group. Avoid saying or writing anything that could make you seem uncooperative.
7. Consult an attorney before signing confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements as they may reduce your ability to obtain the full benefits of your policy.
8. Get out an inventory and photos of your possessions or if you don’t have them, list them out quickly and find family or holiday photos that might include some of the main possessions that were damaged, the Consumer Federation recommended.
9. Obtain repair estimates from trusted local contractors to help you when you’re speaking with the insurance adjuster. Keep receipts from any emergency repairs you make to prevent further damage and temporary housing costs that could be reimbursed under “additional living expense” coverage.
10. Keep track of the time and money you’re spending on preparing the claim itself. Business policies often cover “claim preparation” costs but homeowners can also negotiate to get the costs covered under the additional living expenses or similar coverage, according to United Policyholders. “The insurance claim process after a large loss can be a full time job. Countless hours…answering questions, making phone calls and dealing with paperwork. If you’re self-employed, this means you’ll lose income” and you may need to hire a professional to help with the claim, the group wrote.
The primary role of the roof is to keep the elements out and protect the interior of a home, so a leaky roof is a major cause for concern.
Checking for leaks should be a part of all maintenance plans, and the good news is it doesn’t even require a trip up to the roof.
“Some leaks can go undetected for a while, causing damage to the inside of your walls, which can eventually create mold,” says Charlie Bell, owner of Bell Roofing in Atlanta.
“Other damages can include rotten roof decking, sheetrock or plaster ceiling damage – all can be quite costly to repair. Leaks coming in through walls can eventually damage the structure,” he says.
Bell says poor workmanship is to blame for a majority of roof leaks. “One of the main causes of roof leaks is an improper installation. Common problems with installations can be inadequate nailing of shingles and reusing old flashings and pipe boots,” he says.
To make things even worse, many shingle manufacturers will void the warranty if their products are installed improperly.
Bell recommends keeping tree limbs cut back away from the roof. “As tree limbs sway with the wind, they can damage your roof if hanging too low,” he says. “Overhanging limbs also act as a stairway for rodents, which can do some pretty serious damage to your home as well.”
Checking for a leak can be easy, and all you really have to do is look up. “Visually check ceilings in all rooms for discoloration,” he says. “Most roof leaks create a yellow or brown stain. If you see a stain on your ceiling after a heavy rain, it’s safe to say you have a roof problem.”
The Atlanta roofer says you can also check for leakage by shining a flashlight around the attic during a rainstorm. Look for obvious signs of falling water or discolored patches of wood and insulation.
If you spot any signs of leakage while inspecting your home, call a highly rated roofing contractor to assess the situation. “Remember, the longer you let your roof leak, the more costly it can be in the long run,” Bell says.
Even though most asphalt roof systems are designed to protect your home for about 15 years, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)recommends you inspect your roof regularly two times a year during the spring and fall
Homebuyer’s beware. A great time to start with any roof assessment is before your closing date. Getting a professional roof inspection before that future home is officially yours will save you a lot of time and costly repairs down the road, which can also be a plus if and when you decide to sell your new home.
Trim troublesome trees. When admiring your home and surrounding landscape, it’s important not to overlook leaning branches seeking companionship with your roof as they can scratch and gouge your roof materials. To prevent damaging or puncturing your shingles, simply trim back and remove any branches getting too close to your roof.
Clean the leaves and other debris. In addition to bothersome branches, leaves and other elements can clog your gutter system and cause water to backup into the attic, living areas or behind the fascia boards. To ensure your drainage system is free flowing, it’s recommended that you clean your roof at least twice per year. Also, be on the lookout for sagging gutters or damaged drain components and repair or replace as needed.
Ensure the roof is built to breathe. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can cause sheathing and rafting to rot, roof materials to buckle and insulation to lose effectiveness. This will cause your overall roofing system to be ineffective.
Include insulation. The best way to achieve appropriate ventilation and good airflow is through proper insulation. To protect a house from heat gain or loss, it’s ideal to include a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor and a vapor retarder under the insulation next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic. Having open, vented spaces that allow air to pass freely with at least one inch between the insulation and roof sheathing is also ideal
Check for attic aftermath. In addition to having a well insulated attic, it’s a good idea to check for water stains and weak shingles after a heavy storm.
Safeguard against streaking. Make sure to pay close attention to the color of your roof. Roof areas, generally the northern part, exposed to shade during long periods of time in humidity will eventually become streaked with mold, algae or even fungus. And if left unchecked, will eventually deteriorate the roofing material shortening the life of the roof, which could lead to leaks and other signs of trouble.
Check for signs of shingle damage. Being exposed to everyday wear and tear from various elements can cause shingles to become dilapidated and get torn off, making a roof structure and interior space vulnerable to water seepage and rot. Thus, it’s highly advisable for homeowners to examine roof coverings each year to ensure their integrity.
Quality roofing quotes. It’s advisable to get at least two quotes so you can determine the best combination of quality and price. Think long-term and not cheap when choosing a roofing company and it’ll save you a lot of repair costs down the road.
1. Roof age
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
2. Shingles curling and buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy.
3. Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
4. Missing shingles
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.
5. Chimney flashing
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
6. Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistant or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
7. Daylight through the roof boards
You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.
Gillian Lazanik, Houzz Contributor
Do your due diligence before hiring your contractor. Price should not be the only factor when making the final decision on who will build your dream home. Your home is where you spend most of your time, and you don’t want poor quality construction details staring you in the face, day after day. Make sure you take the proper steps before choosing a contractor.
1. Start with a detailed plan. This is the most important item before you even approach a contractor. Work with a professional designer or architect who can come up with a comprehensive plan to show your contractor so that he knows exactly what you have planned for your space. Walking your contractor through your space without a detailed plan in hand will allow the contractor to change his pricing as he goes, since the specifics were never discussed from the beginning.
Please bear in mind that permit drawings are not complete plans and contain limited information about the final design of your space. They provide information about the general layout and structure but have limited or no information pertaining to finishes, interior architecture, custom millwork, lighting and electrical features. This is the information that your contractor will need to give you accurate pricing before you start construction.
2. Provide a list of specifications ahead of time. When it comes to your finishes, fixtures, appliances and accessories, this is your bible. The price to renovate even a small bathroom can vary by tens of thousands of dollars depending on its fittings and finishes. If you can choose your plumbing fixtures, finishes and accessories ahead of time, you will save yourself and your contractor a lot of grief during the construction process by having the items on hand when he needs them and by knowing all the associated costs to install your specified items.
3. Price out your project. If you have been working with a designer or architect and you have a complete set of drawings and complete specifications, ask that professional to recommend a few builders to whom you can send your plans for pricing. Also, ask your friends whether they have a contractor they have been happy with and send them your construction package to bid on as well.
If you have the detailed set of plans and the specs that I mentioned previously, you will get “apples to apples” pricing from the contractors bidding on the job. And the contractors will have to stick to their provided pricing because they had all the information in their hands.
4. Ensure your contractor is insured. I’m sure you’ve all heard horror stories about what can happen on a construction site. Unfortunately, accidents are part of the norm in this industry. A contractor has to manage a significant crew to make your project come together, and it’s not an easy task. Think of your contractor as a composer bringing all the parts of an orchestra together to create a masterpiece. There are bound to be mishaps occasionally, so please make sure your contractor is set up to deal with them properly.
5. Check out your contractor’s work. Once you’ve bid out your project and have a contractor in mind, ask to see some of his previous jobs. Even though the contractor may be referred to you by a friend or your architect, it doesn’t hurt to get a look at his work. If you like what you see, and the owner of the other house is happy with how things turned out, there’s a good chance that you will be happy too.
6. Interview your contractor. You will have to get quite close to your general contractor over the period of your project. Make sure you pick someone you trust and can communicate with. During initial meetings, ask how unexpected issues or differences might be handled. This can include change orders that will be issued by you or your designer in writing.
7. Dealing with the extras. Keep in mind that your contractor may not have priced some items for your renovation, such as closet organizers and bathroom accessories. Ask your contractor how he deals with extras. Some contractors use extras as an opportunity to make as much money as possible during a renovation because you are already committed to them.
8. Ask about timelines. Ask your contractor how long he believes it will take to complete your job and then add an extra eight weeks to help manage your expectations. I’m not saying that contractors can’t finish on time, but there are so many unforeseen incidents that can happen on a construction site that the possibility of your job ending right on time is pretty slim.
Even when you’re with a great contractor whom you trust, it’s very useful to know about the various parts of your roof, how they function, how to take care of them, and why and when they might need to be replaced.
Soffit and fascia are two roof components in your roof’s gutter zone, which is critical for getting water away from your house.
How Soffit and Fascia Work
Soffit is a word for the exposed area under the eaves of your roof. It can also mean the area underneath an arch, a staircase or a ceiling.
Soffits are typically made of vinyl and, since an important function they have is to let air circulate in your attic, they are usually perforated to let air through.
A good soffit will be able to stand up to the elements, which is important because soffits are likely to be exposed to the wet and damp. Maintaining your gutters well is a good practice for keeping your soffits in good condition.
If you have to get your soffits replaced, it’s a good idea to use vinyl because it’s likely to last a long time.
The fascia protects the edge of your roof from the outside. It’s a board attached to the rafters or other elements that make up your roof.
Fascia are also very important. Subject to moisture, if fascia start to rot or otherwise degrade, it’s important to get your contractor to look at them as soon as possible. If they wear away, the exposed interior of your roof may suffer water damage.
When to Replace Soffit and Fascia
Again, it’s important to maintain your gutters so that your soffit and fascia don’t create any problems.
Soffit may become damaged if your gutters are overflowing (this is especially likely to happen if they are clogged) or if ice is damming up in your gutters over the winter, which is a pretty common occurrence. You might even get icicles coming down through the vinyl of your soffit. This isn’t good for your roof.
It’s important to maintain your fascia because of their protective function, but also because if they’re highly visible to passersby. If they’re in bad condition, they may detract from the attractiveness of your house.
Because fascia are so highly visible, it’s important that you and your contractor be on the same page about the materials that will be used and how your roof will look once the new fascia are installed.
If you’re concerned about the state of your soffit or fascia or any other part of that crucial gutter area, call Quality Carpentry & Roofing. Our experienced salespeople and technicians will help to match you with the appropriate parts, materials, gutters, and gutter protection so that you don’t have to worry about your roof again for a long time.