It’s Beautiful: The new roof is a milestone in the Orlando Woman’s home rebuilding effort

It’s Beautiful: The new roof is a milestone in the Orlando Woman’s home rebuilding effort


Orlando, Florida. Teresa Deveria is one step closer to getting a new home. Construction crews completed extensive trial work, replaced trusses, and supported the foundation and wall framing of their 1940s home.

The latest sign of progress, a new roof.

First-rate labor and supplies were donated to the project.

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The compressor and nail gun reverberated in the Parramore neighborhood and DeFairia couldn’t be happier.

“Pop, pop, pop, and I know shingles is going on,” DeVeria said as she looked at it. “I said Hallelujah.”

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It has been very quiet for a very long time at 32 Pershing Place.

“Today is a great day. Today is a great day. I was like a little kid when the truck stopped. I was so happy,” DeVeria said, applauding.

Glenn Roberts, owner of 1st Class Roofing, looked on as his workers sat row after row of planks.

“We came across the project last year and fell in love with the story,” said Roberts, adding that he tries to donate one roof annually to homeowners in need.

“It touched our hearts and we were like this is something we need to do,” Roberts said. “It feels right.”

News 6 first shared its story in 2020 after the city of Orlando was due to owe its properties.

DeFairia lives on disability assistance and Social Security. Enough to pay the mortgage but no more. Over time, the house has slipped into what most people consider an uninhabitable condition. A tree branch fell to the roof during a storm, causing damage. Water leakage follows.

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Despite it all, DeFairia is full of life, full of energy, and full of optimism.

“I think she’s beautiful, even under difficult circumstances,” Deveria said, recalling years past. “When I see it, I see it all renewed and restored.”

The property drew the attention of law enforcement who issued a notice to convict if the property was not cleaned and water and power service restored. DeFairia had three days to comply.

DeFairia started making desperate calls. A friend, Carolina Escobar, replied.

Escobar first met “Miss. Teresa “I also called her while delivering meals on wheels. The two became good friends but DeFairia hid her living conditions. Nobody knew she was living like that,” Escobar said.

Escobar quickly took to social media and arranged a weekend cleanup and eventually a GoFundMe account.

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After the story aired on News6, DeFairia received donations and community support. But progress has been slow. Contractors found significant structural problems. Create allow more delay.

Escobar reached out to politicians and nonprofits for help.

The entire time, DeFairia was staying with friends.

Frank Wells, CEO of the Central Florida Regional Housing Fund, provided guidance.

“This is quite a challenge. But it wasn’t the only time we’ve seen a story like this,” Wells said. “We know that for someone like this who has lived in a home you love for a long time and is comfortable here, this is a great place to be and any other outcome would create all kinds of other expenses in addition to endangering health.”

Wells said Escobar’s campaign to help her friend was inspiring.

“She was a complete community champion for making that happen,” Wells said. It’s so amazing I can’t imagine how Lady Teresa would get over this without this kind of community advocacy.”

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Orange Avenue Construction provided its services for the project. The owner, Anthony Roy, expects the house to close soon and then work on the inside can begin. There is still a long way to go until DeFaria can be back again.

Up until this point, DeFairia had relied on faith. All the newfound help cemented her faith.

“I want to stay here because I love it here,” Deveria said. This is where God sent me.”

If you would like to help Mrs. Teresa, you can contact Commissioner Regina Hill of Orlando.

If you’d like to donate, DeFairia has a GoFundMe page.

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