Every Knight Hand project is unique and special to both those doing the job and those receiving the benefits of the labor of the Knights of Columbus. And so it was on Thursday December 17th that 7 men of Council #8157 embarked on a singularly unique project for a resident of Duncanville. Hector Rubio asked Knight Hands to help with replacing the porch roof over the front door of his home which had been blown down by high winds. David Dybala, Al Evans, Ray Rivera, Jorge Ruiz, James Smith, Larry Balagna and Allen Reitmeier answered the call and spent the entire day removing the old porch and constructing a new porch to Hector’s specifications. We arrived at the job site at 9:00am armed with tools (lots of tools), roof decking, rolled roofing, 2 x 6 rafters, tar (yuck) and the will and desire to help. David Dybala and Ray Rivera led the charge in demolishing the old porch.
Al Evans, Jorge Ruiz and David Dybala prepared the home for the new porch while James Smith and Ray Rivera drilled and secured the wrought iron support posts. Larry Balagna and Allen Reitmeier did the cutting for rafters and James Smith, Al Evans and Jorge Ruiz installed them. Seemed like everyone helped install the roof and the end trim and by 5:00pm we headed home feeling tired but knowing we had done a good days work. There was a lot of work; but also a lot of time to just talk to one another and build not just a porch but long lasting memories of helping someone in need. Not once was a discouraging word spoken and that was difficult because this was indeed a difficult project. Many thanks to those who gave their day to help Hector.