New Year, New Roof Giveaway 2022Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island
Thank You For Helping Choose the Winner of a GAF Roof!
Our 7th annual New Year, New Roof Giveaway was a success! Thank you to our amazing partners and neighbors for making this program possible every year.
Here is how our New Year, New Roof Giveaway worked:
- Members of the community nominated a deserving neighbor, friend, or family member who needed a new roof. The nominator explained why the homeowner deserved a free roof and what obstacles or challenges they were experiencing.
- Our team reviewed all qualified homeowner nominations and chose 5 finalists to move on to the final voting round.
- The community voted online to choose the WINNER of a GAF Timberline HDZ Roofing system!
- New Year, New Roof nomination period is January 1 – 7, 2022
- Finalists are announced January 9, 2022
- Online voting takes place January 10 – 15, 2022
- Winner announced with surprise reveal on or around January 18, 2022
This giveaway is made possible thanks to a partnership between Care Free Homes, Inc. and GAF Roofing. We are also thankful for our community partners, Black Tie Cookies, Isaksen Solar, Machado & Silva, Inc., United Way of Greater New Bedford, and United Way of Greater Fall River.
Watch the Surprise Reveal!
One of our Most Heartfelt New Year, New Roof Reveals. Watch Barry’s Priceless Reaction to WINNING a GAF Roof Below.
Congratulations Barry Youngblood of Acushnet, MA!
Thank you to all who have participated and supported our finalists!
Meet Our Finalists!
Mother Beats Cancer Twice and Still Caring for Others at 78-Years-Old
Nominee: Barbara Getzie of Falmouth, MA
Nominated By: Mark Getzie
Nominee Story: My mom raised her 4 younger brothers while both her parents worked. She married my father and was an elementary school teacher for inner city kids in Rochester, NY for about 20 years. My parents moved to the Cape in 1979 where they raised me and my younger brother. Mom opened up a daycare which she ran out of our house during the day and did telemarketing at night. Our father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1991 and Mom helped take care of him for 15 years until he passed. At that point mom assumed all responsibilities of maintaining the house. A couple years after my dad passed, my younger brother was also diagnosed with cancer. While he was sick, my brother lived with my mom so she could take care of him. My brother recovered but in 2018, Mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer which she beat. About a year later, the cancer returned and she beat it once again. She is 78-years-old and still works part time caring for elderly clients. She is a loving and caring person who would do anything for anyone. She deserves a break in life.
Hardworking Mom & Dad Recovering From Medical Obstacles
Nominee: Lisa King & Wayne Mottley of Tiverton, RI
Nominated By: Amanda Ellis
Nominee Story: My parents are both very hardworking people who provided a great life for me and my sister. Dad served in the Army as a young man before meeting my mother. The best thing about my father – he is the dad that didn’t have to be one. He came into my life when I was 2 years-old and loved and raised me as his own. He has always worked multiple jobs to provide for our family. My mom is one of the hardest working women I’ve ever known. The past 5-6 years just haven’t been the best to her. Suffering pneumonia, sepsis, a silent heart attack, broken nose and wrist, knee replacement, and most recently Covid, her life spiraled a bit. Being unable to work for a year or two, having to depend on loved ones for help, really pushed the envelope. My parents are NOT the type of people to ask for help, ever. Now it’s house repair after house repair, a couple hot water heaters, dishwasher, stove, needing a flooding issue worked on. After 18 years of owning their home, the roof is looking like it will need to be done as well. Mom is just getting back to being herself, working again, and finally learning to live life! Getting help paying for a new roof would literally be a life and pocket saver. This would be appreciated so much more than anyone could ever understand.
State Trooper Injured by Tractor Trailer Works Hard to Provide for Family
Nominee: Michael & Valerie Moitoza of Bridgewater, MA
Nominated By: Aiden Carr
Nominee Story: My name is Aiden Carr, I’m 15 years old. I would like to nominate my mother and stepfather for a new roof. My mom and stepdad have been trying to renovate our house for the past 6 years to make it a home for myself and my 3 younger siblings. My stepfather is a MA State trooper and these past few years have been really tough especially with Covid. He works all the time and my mom works full time, too, with me, 15 my brother 6, and two sisters 3 and 2. This past September my stepfather was working a detail and was hit from behind by a tractor trailer which totaled his cruiser and landed him in the hospital. He has since been out of work trying to figure out what is wrong with his neck, back and hips. The outside of our house hasn’t been worked on much, and now that my stepdad is out of work that definitely won’t be happening. I know my mom and stepdad stress out about the roof and siding a lot because they bought an older house and wanted to try and fix it up. I really would just love to take a burden off of them during this time. They are both very hard workers and do so much for our family to make it the best. This would be awesome to tell them a huge project is taken care of. Thank you for considering us. It would mean the world!
Single Mother Battling Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nominee: Kera Paine of Acushnet, MA
Nominate By: Rena Burba
Nominee Story: Kera is a single parent who graduated from UMass Dartmouth with honors in the hopes of becoming a teacher. After graduation, she worked as a teacher at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech before she transitioned to administration. She decided she wanted to pursue a new career as a beautician and went to Labaron’s School to become stylist. She eventually opened up her own salon out of her home where she worked 10-12 hours a day. After a few years, Kera started to experience extreme fatigue and body aches but thought it was caused by working long days. Her symptoms grew worse so she sought medical treatment. She was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Further testing needs to be done but she might also have ankylosis spondylosis and spinal stenosis. She has difficulty walking and sits in a chair by the sink to wash the dishes. She is physically unable to work and can no longer drive. She will most likely become wheelchair bound. Despite all of this, she is an exceptional mother to a 12-year-old daughter and a giving person. Before her illness she even donated her time to give haircuts to children in-need for their first day of school. She has done so much for others and deserves to win this contest, thank you.
Local Veteran and Friend’s Home in Desperate Need of New Roof
Nominee: Barry Youngblood of Acushnet, MA
Nominated By: Dave Pothier
Nominee’s Story: My friend Barry is retired and 77 years old. He served 9 months in the Navy reserves and then served 4 years in the Air Force. When he was younger, he was always there to help his friends and family. Whether it was volunteering on his friend’s farm or helping his younger sister buy gifts for her children, he has always been very generous and sees the good in everyone. Barry is as honest as he is kind – he once found Senator Mark Montigny’s wallet (with a lot of money in it) and made sure it was returned. He is now house bound and cannot drive. Friends drive him to appointments and he needs daily help with chores and meds from his sister and family. His roof was leaking when he was in the nursing home for months. His living room and porch walls were wet for so long they had mold everywhere. He was not allowed back home with those conditions until it was fixed. So the walls and floors were stripped to the 2x4s and plywood just so he could come home. It still remains that way till he can have the roof fixed or replaced. With winter upon us, he has no insulation on the walls and it gets very cold. Only his bedroom, the spare bedroom, kitchen and bath are livable. This ranch is in dire need of repair. Please consider Barry for winning the GAF Roof.
New Year, New Roof News and Past Winners!
PRESS RELEASE: DiGregorio Family of New Bedford, MA Wins Free Roof
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2023 – Fairhaven, MA – Bonnie DiGregorio of New Bedford, Massachusetts won a free roof from local home improvement company, Care Free Homes; DiGregorio, a Marine Corps veteran and widowed mother of three children, was a finalist in...
PRESS RELEASE: Acushnet, MA Veteran Wins Free Roof
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 28, 2022 – Fairhaven, MA – Care Free Homes, Inc. surprised Barry Youngblood, a veteran from Acushnet, Massachusetts, with a free GAF roof; Youngblood was a finalist in their Annual New Year, New Roof Giveaway. Communities from Cape...
PRESS RELEASE: 2022 New Year, New Roof Giveaway Finalists Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9, 2022 – Fairhaven, MA – Five homeowners are in the running for a free roof thanks to the 7th Annual New Year, New Roof Giveaway, a contest hosted by local home improvement contractor, Care Free Homes; the company announced the contest...
New Year, New Roof Giveaway Nominations Open January 1, 2022
Nominate a deserving homeowner to WIN a GAF Timberline HDZ Roofing system! Our New Year, New Roof nominations open on January 1, 2020
New Year, New Roof Giveaway Featured on UpFront with Ed Pereira
Thank you to Cat Country 98.1 and Big 101.3 radio host, Ed Pereira, for having us in the studio to share our 2021 New Year, New Roof Giveaway on his weekly morning show, UpFront.
New Year, New Roof on WBSM’s Morning Drive with Phil Paleologos
Thank you to our favorite Care Free customer and radio host, Phil Paleologos, for having us in the WBSM studio to discuss our 6th Annual New Year, New Roof Giveaway!
New Year, New Roof Giveaway Sponsors and Community Partners
Questions or Media Inquiries
Please contact Stephanie Pickup via email at email@example.com or by calling (508) 997-1111 Ext. 105.