Roofing manufacturer wants to help Dandridge ministry with damaged roof

DANDRIDGE, Tenn (WVLT) -- We didn't point out the church building looks as though its seen better days when we reported Frances Branner's Volunteer Spirit. But it does.

The roof on the "House of Prayer" needs major repairs. She told us she can do almost anything, just not get on a roof to fix it at age 80!

Well, after our story aired Monday morning, Jeff Lanham, a local GM for a roofing manufacturer wrote to us saying he would like to help.

He says he just needs a roofer to check out what the building needs.

Is there a roofer who can help? If you can:

Send Michele an email at


When the Gold Chrysler is outside the House of Prayer, you know Frances is inside.

She says, "I'm up here nearly every afternoon. If I'm not in the field or working."

Known to many as Sister Frances, she's usually sorting second hand clothes donated for her ministry, "House of Prayer."

She also fills goody bags with hygiene items.

"In each bag I put a washing powder, toilet tissue, shampoo, soap, dish detergent, and toothpaste, says Frances."

She makes up 80 of these bags which she hands out every third Saturday of the month. Everything in that bag, she buys with her own money.

"I've done this since 2006. I started when I realized people cant get wash powder and things from food stamps," says Frances.

Shes known for starting the annual MLK March in Dandridge, 16 years ago.

Frances hosts a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas dinner with presents for the kids every year.

Buffy Accord has been helped by Frances in many ways.
"She goes out of her way to make sure people get what they need and I think it is amazing. There aren't many people out there like her, and its a blessing knowing her, says Buffy."

Another act of generosity, at Christmas a few years ago she was about to have dinner with her own family when a hungry woman and kids came to her asking for help. Frances gave them her family's Christmas dinner.

And her comment when we asked why, "Well, what would you do with kids in car crying and hungry, what do you do? says Frances."

The woman who hasn't bought herself a new dress in 50 years says she is blessed.

"It's more of a blessing to give than receive. When I see these people come here for washing powder and clothes, I feel better than blessed!"

When Local 8 News asked Frances if someone wanted to help, what can they do? She says she needs help with the church's leaky roof. That problem she can't fix.

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