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5/12/2013 11:20:00 AM
Roofer refused to profit from Catholic parish
St. Francis Parish photo
Crews put a new roof on St. Francis Church.
St. Francis Parish photo
Crews put a new roof on St. Francis Church.

Felipe Aguilar did not feel right making a profit off of a Catholic parish. So he roofed St. Francis Church in Southeast Portland for half price.

"It seemed like the right thing to do," says Aguilar, a member of neighboring Ascension Parish and owner of  All Roofing Eagle Construction Corp. He reports being "very busy" this spring.

When Aguilar came to St. Francis last fall to make a bid on the job, he noticed St. Francis Dining Hall, which serves low-income and homeless Portlanders. He was impressed.  

The new roof was urgently needed and parishioners were motivated. They had put a half dozen buckets and several tarps inside the church to handle the leaks and prevent further damage to the oak pews and hymnals. Parishioners and supporters were able to raise the $41,000 for the job in just 10 days. Other bids had topped $80,000.

The last time the church was roofed was 30 years ago.   
Valerie Chapman, pastoral administrator of St. Francis, was grateful and marveled as the all-Hispanic crew went to work.

Rob Justus is a member of the administrative council who helps run an affordable housing program. He sought bids and was discouraged at the numbers until Aguilar came along.

"I sense he's kind of a humble guy," Justus says.

All Roofing Eagle Construction has been in business for 25 years.

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