MIWD Pitches in to Help Rebuild Home

April 12, 2013

Tony Giannopolous is rebuilding thanks to the efforts of the Yuma (Ariz.) South West Contractors Association, Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co., and MI Windows &  Doors.  His home was destroyed in an electrical fire last December.

A well-known and well-liked member of the Yuma community, Giannopolous works part time at the local Sam’s Club, where he has become known for the smiley faces he doodles on customers receipts. He had no homeowners insurance to cover the losses from the fire, so his coworkers took the lead as the community rallied to raise funds, furnishings, clothing, services and more to help him get back on his feet.

 Windows have been installed at the new home, still under construction.

Despite the generosity, he was still far behind what was required to rebuild his home. Giannopolous’ situation and the money raised caught the attention of the local media and Habitat for Humanity, however. Habitat, with the help of the Yuma Contractors Association, was able to provide the remaining building products and begin the process of rebuilding the home.

MIWD is providing its aluminum Builder Series windows, which are Energy Star rated, featuring a dual-pane, high-performance glass package optimized for Southern climates with significant cooling and glare-reduction requirements.

MIWD and Foxworth-Galbraith have partnered for over 30 years, and the dealer's Felipe Gonzalez was instrumental in organizing the supply drive. “As soon as I heard about Tony’s situation I called Tom [Fullerton},” states Gonzalez. Fullerton is with Southwest Rockies Sales, which handles the manufacturer's Arizona sales operations

"Our partnership with MIWD over the years has been fantastic, and I knew I could count on their help,” adds Gonzalez, who was able to play a big part in the collection of new materials due to his role in the Yuma Southwest Builders Association.