In 2001, NRCA partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to create Project Recovery, which helps locate missing children through magnetic posters that are placed on roofing contractors’ service vehicles. Since the partnership began, Project Recovery has contributed to the safe return of nearly 90 missing children.
Recently, five additional children whose photographs were displayed on NRCA members’ vehicles have been found and safely returned to their families.
Victoria Baltazar – photo displayed by Lang Roofing Inc., Ball Gardens, Calif.
Natasha Martin – photo displayed by RSI Roofing, San Diego
Brittany Carter – photo displayed by Knickerbocker Roofing, Harvey, Ill.
Zainab Chebbi – photo displayed by Fichtner Services, Odenton, Md.
Erica Turay – photo displayed by Orndorff and Sapid Inc., Beltsville, Md.
According to the Department of Justice, more than 2,200 children are reported missing every day in the U.S. Since 1984, NCMEC has helped recover more than 169,900 such children. In addition, NCMEC states one child in seven is found when someone recognizes a child’s photo and notifies authorities.
NRCA and NCMEC work together to identify children who have been reported missing in the vicinity of participating companies. NRCA then provides posters to participants. Posters include a photograph of the child at the time he or she was reported missing, biographical information and contact information in the event the child is seen.
If a child is found, NRCA will send a “FOUND” sticker to place over the poster to let the community know the program has been successful.