Crowther Roofing and Lee BIA Builders Care Partner to Repair Roof for Elderly, Widowed Homeowner in Need


On August 19, team members of Crowther Residential Roofing began work on Ms. Connie Wilkinson’s dilapidated flat roof. The repairs are a blessing after months and months of leaks and issues caused by numerous home-made repairs by neighbors and church friends who help Connie, a widow who is limited by her income and knowledge of home repairs.

About the family

Michael and Connie Wilkinson were married 21 years. This hard working family moved from Massachusetts in 2002 and purchased their 1926 Spanish style Fort Myers home later that year. After many years of working as a private caretaker for senior citizens, Connie retired to spend time with her two children, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  Michael also worked as a private caretaker for seniors and continued working until he passed away in 2014 from a battle with Cancer. Both Michael and Connie put the wellbeing and care of others before their own. They worked their entire careers taking care of others without pensions, retirement accounts or health care benefits for themselves.

Connie, a 71-year old Christian widow now relies solely on her Social Security income to maintain herself and a well-kept, nearly 100-year old home. She is limited by a recent hip replacement and spinal stenosis. Medical bills account for most of her income and diluted savings. She is in great need of repairs on her roof and cannot afford them with her current situation.

Crowther Roofing provided all materials and services at no cost to the homeowner. Work was completed in just one day and ensures that Connie can continue to live in her central Fort Myers home without worries of her roof.

“We are pleased to partner with Crowther Roofing twice this year,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Builders Care. “We are so thankful to Crowther for blessing Ms. Connie with a roof that will last for many years to come.”

Crowther employees hard at work on the flat roof for Ms. Connie Wilkinson

About Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.0 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association ( ) is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.