“I Couldn’t Believe It When This Fella Knocked on My Door and Said He Wanted to Help for Free. What a Gesture”

In August 2015, David Perez saw his 75-year-old neighbor, Richard Dubiel, working to put a new roof on his house in Fremont, California. Mr. Perez said, “It was hard to watch. I was feeling sorry for someone that age up there all by himself.” Mr. Dubiel, however, said, “I like to have certain things done a certain way.” He added, “Oftentimes, people that you hire are out to do it as quickly and easily as they can without worrying about the quality put into it, and unfortunately, that’s not my method.” Nevertheless, he admitted that the work was hard on his knees. Mr. Perez is not a roofer, but he snapped a photo of Mr. Dubiel working on his roof and posted it on Facebook, along with a plea for experienced roofers to help him on a certain Saturday. Mr. Perez said, “I woke up and looked out my window at 7:30 and there were already people on the roof.” Twenty people helped. Bob Valdez, a roofer with over 18 years experience, who traveled with his son to help Mr. Dubiel, said, “My father taught me that it’s important to help others, and I want my son to see that.” Mr. Dubiel said, “I just can’t thank you all, enough.” He added, “It restores your faith in humanity. I’m just astounded. I couldn’t believe it when this fella knocked on my door and said he wanted to help for free. What a gesture.” They completed the roof by noon, and Mr. Dubiel nailed on the final shingle.

For Further Information:

Tammy Rose, “Good Deed Alert: Strangers Respond to Facebook Post and Help Elderly Man Repair His Home.” The Inquisitr News. 31 August 2015


“Volunteers to help 75-year-old Fremont man finish his roof.” KTVU. 28 August 2015; updated 31 August 2015


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