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FORT MYERS, FLA., July 26, 2022 – The new “Forever Home” of Valerie’s House under construction on Shoemaker Lane will have a free roof, thanks to a donation in part by CFS Roofing Services.

CFS Roofing President David Crowther and his wife Karen have stepped up and agreed to provide the underlayment and labor to install the shingle and metal roof for the 7,000 – square-foot building.  Shingles for the roof will be provided at no cost by GAF & ABC Roofing. The CFS gift is valued at $15,000.

“Our success provides an opportunity for CFS and its employees to give back to organizations like Valerie’s House through money, skills and time,” Crowther said.

After 30 years in the family business, David Crowther stepped out on his own to open CFS Roofing Services in 2010.  The company is a full service, licensed and insured roofing and sheet metal contractor for both residential and commercial construction in addition to a full service mechanical division.

Recent projects include Cypress Cove at HealthPark in Fort Myers, Cape Coral Fire Station, the new GGG High School in Naples, and the Historic Punta Gorda Train Depot, to name just a few.

“We are so thankful that David and CFS Roofing have joined our family of donors.  Valerie’s House exists because of the generosity of CFS Roofing and so many others who have made our dream a reality,” said Valerie’s House Founder and CEO Angela Melvin. “This home will always be a place for grieving families to call their own. Regardless of what happens in the future, having this home means no child will ever have to grieve alone in our community.”

A total of $2.5 million has been raised toward the $3 million cost of the new home.   Several room sponsorship opportunities for the community are available.

The home is a cozy, warm, old Florida style structure, with special rooms like a volcano room, which allows children to work out any anger or other emotions they have because of their loss.  The facility will allow Valerie’s House to help more children and provide wrap-around services, such as individual grief counseling to support families who desperately need it.

Lennar Homes is acting as the project manager for the construction of the home, which is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Valerie’s House has helped more than 2,000 children and their families since its founding in 2016 by Angela Melvin, whose own mother was killed in a car accident in 1987.

One in seven children in Florida is predicted to lose a parent or sibling before the age of 25, according to the 2022 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

Valerie’s House currently offers peer support groups and other activities at locations in Fort Myers, Naples, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte. Valerie’s House is a United Way partner agency and is fully supported by community donations.

For more information about Valerie’s House or to make a donation to the Forever Home Campaign, visit, call 239-478-6734, or write [email protected].

About Valerie’s House

Valerie’s House opened in January 2016 and has served more than 2,000 children and their families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties. The organization provides a safe, comfortable place for children to share, grieve and heal together following the death of a close family member. Valerie’s House has three locations: 1762 Fowler St. in downtown Fort Myers, 819 Myrtle Terrace in Naples and group therapy meetings at several churches in Charlotte County.  For more information, visit

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