Drip. Drip. Drip.
Esther Samarripas heard that familiar sound every time it rained. The roof at Rim Clear Path Center, 308 E. Juniper, a center for disabled adults and children, was leaking so badly it was rotting the walls, but Samarripas could not afford to make the costly repairs.
She called her longtime friend, Tate Wanless, owner of Fresh Breeze Heating and Cooling, hoping he might know of a reputable service person that wouldn’t nail her for everything she owned. Wanless referred Samarripas to Jason Bland at Bland Family Development Inc. who offered to do the job for free.
Wanless says over the years a number of clients and friends have asked him for the name of a good service provider, like Samarripas did. This got Wanless thinking he should put together a booklet that contained reputable service providers, recommended and vouched for by other service persons.
Wanless created Payson Professionals At Your Service (PAYS) several months ago. Payson PAYS is a comprehensive listing of local service providers that are individually licensed, insured and recommended by other contractors.
“I found different people that might be interested in (participating) and they are all quality workers,” Wanless said. “We are all standing behind each other.”
The booklet, available free at local restaurants and stands around town, covers more than 40 trades ranging from a framer, roofer, home inspector and beautician.
“Our ultimate goal is to help people get a contractor that will provide quality services,” Wanless said. “You have to be referred to get in the book.”
With this new network in place, Wanless was able to get Samarripas roof fixed free. Bland Family Development offered their services to fix the roof, which would have cost Samarripas around $10,000.
A number of other organizations volunteered supplies to make the repairs, including ProBuild who donated lumber, Payson Paint donated paint, Ruff Roofing donated roofing, Lowery’s Windows and Doors donated a window and door and Payson Concrete donated concrete for a sidewalk.
“The members of this organization are donating there time and work to do repairs at Samarripas’ facility,” Wanless said. “We want to donate our time to individuals like her that need help.”
Payson PAYS plans to donate several times a year to individuals and organizations in town that need repairs.
For more information on Payson PAYS or to request a booklet, call (928) 474-3635.