Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Flint Portraits: Audrey Dismond

The Flint Journal has a profile of Audrey Dismond, a great example of someone trying to make a difference in Flint:

"My company is called Roof Right Construction. I’m a licensed builder and can build a whole house, but we focus on roofing. Roof Right started in 2004. I am blessed with some terrific girls. I have about six working for me now.

"All of my girls come from unfortunate circumstances. They need a helping hand more than others might. I help them learn to roof to code and how to appreciate themselves. They have to love their bodies as well as their minds. They were not put here to smoke a crack pipe or be a punching bag. I call them my girls for a reason. They’re my family. I come from a wonderful family. I believe whole-heartedly in family."


  1. What an amazing profile! I think I remember the Dismond's from St. John Vianney. A smart and talented family.

  2. I read about this young woman a couple of years ago when I was looking to do a re-roof. I could not get any info online or in the phone book at that time to call and get an estimate etc. I ended up using another roofer but was disappointed that I could not at least contact Roof Right. I hope she has better contact info now. My brothers went to school with the Dismond kids. A perfect example of what a family should be.

  3. I wish I had a roof... with holes in it. This lady is a compassionate capitalist. Too bad so many Flint roofs ain't getting fixed.

  4. I LOVE IT!!!! I am happy to see the company continuing to be blessed! Ladies stay encouraged in all you do. I miss getting up there :(... keya


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