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Thanks to volunteers, Jefferson County woman's ceiling project a done deal

September 10, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. -- The ceiling was starting to cave in and two windows were leaking at Elizabeth Domer's mobile home along W.Va. 51 in Jefferson County.

The 77-year-old Domer said she didn't have the money to fix the problems or know of anyone who could do the work.

Help soon would be on the way thanks to the annual Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.

Three workers with a local home building company showed up at Domer's mobile home Tuesday morning with metal supports, including a prefabricated one to support the ceiling.

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There was no protective framing around the windows on Domer's house, and Dan Bowley, his son, Chris Duncan, and Chris Smith repaired them during their morning visit.

"God somewhere down the road is going to bless them for it," Domer said as she sat at her dining room table while the three men worked.

"Now, I won't be afraid to walk under it and see if it will fall on my head," Domer said.

Domer was one of dozens of individuals and organizations to receive help across the Eastern Panhandle Tuesday as part of Day of Caring.

Every year, volunteers come together for Day of Caring to help individuals and groups including nonprofit agencies get help on projects that either are too expensive to tackle or take up too much time.

After being unable to find anyone to help her with the sagging ceiling in her home across from the entrance to Hidden River subdivision, Domer called Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, an organization she had depended on before for help.

Domer said she talked with a representative she knows and the person lined up help for Domer through Day of Caring.

Smith said his crew made a preliminary visit to Domer's home to look at her ceiling, and Bowley made the prefabricated metal supports. Smith, Duncan and Bowley then peeled away the interior surface of the ceiling in the troubled areas on Tuesday and installed the supports.

The workers said the ceiling probably started to bow after many years of other workers walking on the roof to seal the roof on the home, which is about 20 years old.

"We just did some basic repairs," said Smith, who works for Zachary Homes. "Hopefully, it will keep it from falling in on her."

Domer jokes about being a tough lady, and said she enjoys spending her days playing card games such as Old Maid.

"I don't gamble or anything," Domer said. "Serving God all my life. He's helped me along the way. Many a mile."

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