Tando, a brand of Derby Building Products, stepped in to help Family to the Rescue complete a home renovation for a Hempstead, N.Y., family in need. The company supplied TandoStone for the home’s exterior façade update.
Family to the Rescue is a streaming TV show launched by Long Island, N.Y., contractors Gina and Vincent Centauro who also have several disabled family members. The Centauros, combining their passion for helping along with their professional knowledge, began the charity Rescuing Families Inc. four years ago. This year, they launched the TV docuseries to put their contracting skills to work making homes safe, livable and handicapped-accessible for the underprivileged and people with disabilities.
The current rescue is for Claire Helfenbein, who is wheelchair bound, and her two children Maghan, 20, and Jacob, who is 13 and autistic. When her husband died of cancer a few years ago, their home fell into disrepair. To make it more livable and accessible, Family to the Rescue renovated the bathroom and replaced all of the windows, doors, and siding. It was unveiled to the family’s delight on Aug. 3 when Claire said she felt the love from Family to the Rescue volunteers and partners. “There are no words to express my gratitude,” Helfenbein said.
Installing TandoStone on the home’s exterior added a rich element with the realistic look and feel of stone. Impervious to moisture, TandoStone is suitable for ground-level or roofline installations in any climate with superior moisture management. Easy to cut, lightweight yet durable TandoStone can be installed by one person using standard tools and is backed by a 20-year Rock Solid Limited Warranty and a 50-year Performance Plus Limited Warranty.
“The benefits of composite stone are numerous for a project like this,” says Gina Centauro. “TandoStone has the look of authentic stone, but when timing is everything on a TV shoot, you can’t be held up by a heavy product that is difficult to ship and not readily available. And, getting skilled stonemasons these days is virtually impossible. TandoStone helped us achieve a level of realism and beauty on our project’s exterior.”
This season of Family to the Rescue features up to eight families and is close to getting a national contract for the show.